Pre-trial Release Program saves county $1.8 million

The Santa Rosa County Pre-trial Release Program resulted in an estimated net savings of $1,866,408 for the county in 2018, according to Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Donald Spencer.

The program allows those charged with a crime to continue to work outside jail while their case is being processed. This estimate raises the total savings generated by the program to approximately $7.8 million over the past five years.

“This savings generated from the Pre-trial Release Program is returned directly into Santa Rosa County’s general fund,” Spencer said in a press release issued May 9. “The program is very beneficial to the individuals that are enrolled because it allows them to remain on their jobs to care for their families and provides a large financial savings for our county.”

The program functions under the direction of Spencer with the day-to-day supervision provided by the director of the Santa Rosa County Probation Department. Costs of the program are offset by the collection of a one-time $50 administrative fee and drug/alcohol testing fees paid by individuals enrolled in the program.

The savings is based on 238 people in the program in 2018 for an aggregate total of approximately 34,000 days of not being incarcerated.

 

As seen in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press.

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