Johnson County officials are looking to expand its “work release” center that allows offenders to work while they ae serving jail time.
Johnson County Community Corrections Director Albert Hessman says the jail has had a history of overcrowding. It currently houses about 290 inmates, just under its maximum capacity of 300.
Hessman says he plans to present an expansion proposal to the Johnson County commission for approval in the coming months, but he still needs to figure out a way to pay for it.
“With the current financial situation that’s faced across the state, I don’t anticipate that there will be any additional funding through our county government,” he says.
Hessman says the jail has been saving some money from the fee inmates pay each day to be in the program, but the money is not enough for an expansion. He says his organization is looking into other funding options, including additional state grants.