Pretrial release not the quickest solution to combat rising jail costs

Pretrial release not the quickest solution to combat rising jail costs

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima County's Law and Justice Committee met Thursday morning to continue talks on how close a $1.6 million shortfall at the jail.

One option being considered is releasing low-risk inmates who are waiting for trial.

As many as 200 could be put on electronic monitoring, which is enough to close an entire floor of the Yakima County Jail.

Action News learned it could take six months to a year to reach that goal.

There also might not be as many low-risk inmates as the county thought.

"The clock is ticking and there's some time yet to react to this but it's going to go by very fast, very quickly," said Yakima County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey. "But ultimately at the end of October we've got to make that decision."

If the Law and Justice Committee does not come up with a solution, Yakima County Commissioners plan cuts across the board.