On June 16, 2022, Bourbon County Jail Administrator Bob Reed announced that inmates are being sent to other counties, because of staffing shortages.
On that day he announced that approximately 56 inmates out of 65 are being housed elsewhere, with a cost to the county of $40 per day per inmate.
Reed said he and Sheriff Bill Martin are still working on the problem.
“As of 08-01-2022 we have 30 inmates (out of 54) being housed out,” Reed said. ” Depending on the county that is $35-45 per inmate per day.”
Currently, there are 24 being housed in Bourbon County with the rest in Allen, Cherokee, and Wilson County’s jails, according to the jail’s daily reports.
The Bourbon County Law Enforcement staff are still transporting inmates for hearings, etc.
“Some hearings are done by zoom and some are done in person,” Reed said. ” The ones that are done in person are obviously transported here from the county they are being housed in and then transported back.”
“I currently have nine employees,” he said. “Three to five more will get us going.” Sixteen would make the jail fully staffed, he said.
“I have not been fully staffed for a long time,” he said.
Since June Sheriff Bill Martin and Reed have worked to raise the base pay from $12.50 an hour to $14.50 an hour, he said.
He said the county offers standard benefits of eye, health, dental, major medical insurance, sick time, and vacation.
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