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Local Sheriff Hopes To Partner With Panhandle Agencies To Help Drive Inmate Costs Down

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Housing inmates within county jails can be expensive, and one local sheriff is hoping to partner with other agencies around the Panhandle to not only drive cost down, but help reduce recidivism as well.

For an inmate to be housed in Escambia County, it costs 75 dollars a day. But, while that cost is 48 dollars in Walton County, it’s expected to go up in a few months. Still, no matter the cost, Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson says there are things local county jails can be doing to help each other out.

“The opportunity exists to partner both with Escambia County and regionally to do some really cool things as far as workforce innovation, dealing with some addiction and mental health issues,” he said. “If we go in together, we can drive the cost down. And, ultimately, we’d love to see that in Okaloosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, and try to get everyone to come together and work on these issues regionally.”

For a few a years now, Walton County has helped Escambia house their inmates, due to a jail explosion.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.