Officials Vote To Close Monroe County Jail On Aug. 31

Posted at 10:16 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 11:16:43-04

Officials in Monroe County, Kentucky have voted to close the local jail because it can't meet new state regulations that call for more staffing.

WBKO-TV reported Monroe County Judge-Executive Tommy Willet said it was the toughest decision he's made while serving on Fiscal Court. Officials voted 5-1 to close the jail on August 31.

Police officers had warned that it could affect public safety, especially if a dangerous call comes in while the transport officer is gone.

Willet said officials can't afford to hire more staff at the jail to stay in compliance.

In September, those arrested will be sent to the Barren County Jail in Glasgow. Monroe County will pay about $36 per day for each inmate, which will end up saving the county money.