I was at the AIC this morning when Laura Gerick came into the office where Greg and I were talking. She excitedly reported to us the AIC has reached the $1,000,000.00 mark in savings for Smith County. This was done in actually 9 months, as we were 3 months into the fiscal year getting started. And we have several weeks left in this fiscal year. I could not be happier about this great news. The AIC is performing just as planned.Congratulations, indeed! I'm not surprised other counties want to copy the model, which was Judge Kent's brainchild. If alternatives to incarceration can work in Smith County, they can work anywhere in Texas. All reports say the program helps people succeed and stay out of jail, and now we know it saves taxpayers money, too.
I have been contacted recently by 3 other CSCD's who want to come and study our program for inclusion purposes in their departments. I fully anticipate others will come forward to study the AIC in the near future.
Congratulations and Great Work to the AIC Unit for achieving this milestone.
Good job, Judge Kent and to all involved! Maybe now the county will pony up to implement the rest of your plans to reduce overcrowding and keep from having to build a new jail that the voters don't want.
See related Grits posts:
- Smith County voters have more options than building Taj Mahal jail
- Tyler's day reporting center reduces overcrowding, saves money
- 'Unsellable' Tyler jail still too small
- Tyler's Alternative Incarceration Center opens; DA thinks no one qualifies
- Tyler judge: End jail overcrowding with community supervision of nonviolent offenders
- More on Tyler's alternatives to jail overcrowding
- Incarceration Alternatives: From Smith County, a plan emerges
- Update: Tyler Alternative Incarceration Plan, Day Reporting Center funded
- Tyler voters: Jail bonds a 'No-No"
- Jail bond vote may become annual affair in Tyler