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Tompkins County looks to reduce jail population

Tompkins County looks to reduce jail population

Tompkins County lawmakers have formed a task force that will look to find ways to reduce the county’s jail population.

The decision comes after lawmakers heard from residents who questioned the need for additional beds at the jail.

“There were concerns from the public that we could reduce the jail population a bit more by exploring further projects,” said county legislator Brian Robison, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.

Robison said the planned addition of seven beds at the jail was undertaken as a cost-saving measure to reduce the county’s board-out costs.

The task force will reveal their findings in six months.

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