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Lyon County Is Facing Major Budget Strain For Jailing Costs

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Lyon County is facing strenuous jailing fees for arrests made by the Kentucky State Police in the county.

When KSP troopers make arrests in Lyon County, the county has to pay to house the inmates until the state prosecutes. However, Lyon County doesn’t have a jail of its own.

Judge Executive Wade White said it costs Lyon County $32 dollars a day to house KSP arrests in surrounding county jails.

“We’re putting people in jail from large cities, that are transporting drugs through our county. They’re not stopping to sell them here,” said White, “We can’t fight the war on drugs, for the nation, and that’s what’s going on.”

White said since 2013 when state police set up drug intervention teams in his county of 7,000 people the money spent housing inmates has grown from $55,000 dollars a year to $500,000 dollars a year.

White said operating this way is unsustainable.

Lyon County leaders are planning to meet with KSP in the next couple of weeks to discuss a resolution.

Hannah is a Murray State Journalism major. She found her place in radio during her second year in Murray. She is from Herndon, KY, a small farming community on the Kentucky/Tennessee stateline.
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