Thursday, August 7, 2014

Judge: If Canyon County Labor Details Go Away, It's House Arrest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says he still intends to suspend his office's inmate labor detail and work release program because of inadequate staffing.

And this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports 3rd District Judge Thomas Ryan issued an administrative order on Aug. 5, saying that if the work release program is indeed suspended, all inmates currently assigned to it must then serve their sentences under house arrest with electronic monitors and random drug and alcohol testing.

Meanwhile, the Canon County Fair, which has wrapped up for another season, would be especially hard hit. It turns out that as many as four labor details of offenders work those fairgrounds. It totals to about 4,100 hours per year.

Labor details allow low-level offenders to stay at home while participating in work forces throughout the county. Additionally, the county jail's work release program allows as many as 40 inmates to leave their cells each day to fill labor details, but they return to the jail each evening.

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