News

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Pataki makes 2016 presidential bid official

Fresh
pataki

Pataki made bid official in video Thursday

in Local

1 dead, 1 injured in Syracuse fire

Fresh
fire

Fire broke out at Syracuse apartment just before midnight

in Local

Felony charges filed after senior prank at western New York high school

crime

Police say students broke into building, tied lockers together with string, dumped glitter around building

in Local

State Police: 187 arrested for DWI over Memorial Day weekend

STATE POLICE

Statewide enforcement effort lasted from Friday through Monday

in Local

Judge rules charter school lawsuit against New York can move forward

school2

Groups say state violates obligation to provide every student with basic education, including charters