Roberts said the county submitted a request for $399,000 with the state for operating costs. She said the largest expense is staffing for the facility that operates around the clock, every day of the year.
“Unless there is some state funding, the women’s work release center probably won’t happen,” she said. “We need a women’s work release center.”
The proposed center would house 24 women, who would be charged $13.57 per day. That would generate approximately $119,000 per year if operating at capacity.
Twice before, Madison County attempted to operate a women’s work release center in the late 1990s and again in the early 2000s without success. Those efforts failed because of a lack of referrals from the courts, or enough women offenders to support the program.
“The times have changed,” Roberts said. “There are more women being arrested now.”
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