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Supervisors seek to reduce Ontario County jail population

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has backed several measures designed to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail — and to lower costs related to the operation of the facility.

At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors approved resolutions that came from a group dubbed the “Campbell Commission.” It was named for West Bloomfield Supervisor Todd Campbell, who leads a panel that looks at alternatives to incarceration.

The committee, which is made up of supervisors, county department heads and members of community organizations, started meeting last fall to look at new programs that would lower the jail population. The group meets twice a month.

One measure the board approved was a contract for a weekend jail alternative program with the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency. It offers courts in the county an alternative sentencing option for some drug offenders.

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