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Council Ends Work-Release to Fund Jail Mandate

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The Lake County Council has voted to end the Lake County Sheriff's work-release program and lay off its nearly thirty employees, so the county can fund a federal Department of Justice mandate that requires hiring 24 additional corrections officers and three mental health professionals for the Lake County Jail. The work-release program was established several years ago to relieve overcrowding at the jail. The Times reports says the inmates will be under the supervision of the county's Community Corrections, a state-funded program.


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