Low Jail Population Means Big Savings for Tax Payers

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Tax payers in Winnebago County are saving money as many jail cells sit empty.

The Sheriff's Department says as of Friday there were 848 people in the Winnebago County Jail. That's about 100 fewer inmates than seven months ago, and is much lower than the peak in February 2013 when the population was at 1,200.

With each prisoner costing us $65 a day, that's a savings of nearly $23,000. Jail administrators say it's also easing their burden.

"We've been working at a deficit with staffing so certainly as our numbers drop that helps as far as operationally in the jail because we are short staffed," Jail Superintendent Andrea Tack, said.

Tack says the courts are moving cases through the system quicker and it's not taking as long for the Department of Corrections to move inmates to prison.

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