EUREKA - The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department is complying with a new law that allows people charged with low-level offenses who cannot afford to post a cash bond to be released after being jailed for a few days.

According to Officer Dennis Tipsword, the new law has applied to four of 29 offenders in the county, so the effect has been relatively minor.

“We have released two offenders who stayed long enough that they received a personal recognizance (PR) and three or four others have posted an amount that was reduced significantly by the number of days served in jail,” Tipsword said. “So far, the new law has not had a major impact on the inmate population like we were anticipating.”

The measure, which went into effect Jan. 1, deals with defendants charged with Category B offenses—a list that includes misdemeanors, many low-level felonies and traffic charges—receive $30 credit for each day they remain in jail on a bond they cannot afford. All new offenders are screened by court services or a probation officer in assessment interviews that explore military and health histories as well as other variables that may influence the judge when setting bond for individuals or giving PR bond to low-level or first-time offenders.

See article on Feb. 8 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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