STANFORD - Dialogue began about a home incarceration program at Lincoln County Regional Jail in November, and Fiscal Court took action Tuesday. A one-year contract with Bridges in Communities, a home incarceration company, was approved.
It is hoped the home incarceration program will save the county money and relieve the overcrowding issues at the jail. It's also thought the program could save the sheriff's department money and time transporting juveniles back and forth from Adair County Juvenile Detention Center.
As of today, the daily cost to house an inmate in Lincoln County Jail is $29.07. Any inmate who qualifies for the home incarceration program will be asked to pay the county $20 a day.
For those who can't afford to pay that, a sliding pay scale may be available. Even if the county has to pick up the full fee, the cost still would be less than housing the inmate in jail, said County Attorney Daryl Day.