Budget Cuts for Muskingum County Jail

by Brittany Harris on March 22, 2011 at 4:55 am

Governor John Kasich’s budget cuts are not only affecting state agencies, but also those at the local level.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says funding was cut by 25% to the county. He said while the commissioners prepared, it’s still going to affect operations at the jail. Governor Kasich is currently considering a reform that will change the sentencing system for offenders in order to save the sate more money.

"If something happens to where they can’t hold as many prisoners at the penitentiaries, that’s obviously going to reflect back to the local jails and the local jails are busting at the seams now," he said.

Sheriff Lutz said everything is a waiting game until plans are finalized. He said it’s tough on the employees and the county, but they have to deal with what they’ve been given.

"Our citizens become victims and they want their crime solved, they want their property back, they want the offenders put away," he said.

With the current budget cuts, the Sheriff’s Office was forced to move its work release program back to the jail. Sheriff Lutz said despite their financial struggles, they have not had to eliminate any services.