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Ontario County tries treatment instead of incarceration

Each time the Ontario County Public Safety Committee meets, the number of inmates at the county jail is revealed.

This consistent update came about after rising population numbers at the correctional facility in Hopewell became a growing concern for county officials.

A program set to go into effect on April 1 is aimed at confronting jail population problems, along with potentially cutting county costs and directly addressing the problems of those who otherwise would be sitting behind bars.

The Campbell Implementation Commission began meeting last fall to research programs that could decrease the jail population. The group then pitched their ideas to the Board of Supervisors.

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