Sheriff may release minor offenders to meet budget

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff says he may have to release some minor offenders to help balance his
budget in the wake of lower tax revenues and declining state support.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry says he also plans to shut down the smallest wing of his jail in Akron
and move all the inmates to just one wing.

Barry tells the Akron Beacon Journal ( ) for a story Tuesday that
voter rejection of a sales tax proposal last month required him to study ways to maintain minimum
staffing while cutting expenses.

Barry says he can’t pull officers from other areas because the patrol and detective divisions have also
been cut.

Budget and finance director Brian Nelson says the county continues to struggle with stagnant growth and
state funding cuts.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,

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