I read with interest the January 23 Pantagraph article by Edith Brady-Lunny about a new approach that is saving McLean County residents hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Congratulations to the McLean County Jail for changes that have reduced overcrowding, and drastically cut the costs for housing prisoners in neighboring counties. They trimmed a single budget item from more than $750,000 in 2008 to an expected cost of just $70,000 this year.

Thanks to Sheriff Mike Emery for starting the discussion. From the data gathered by a National Institute of Corrections’ study came a series of recommendations that set the process of change in motion.

Government at all levels needs more of this kind of innovative thinking to save taxpayer dollars. Keep up the good work.

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