Where Should Inmates Go When They're Released from Jail?

The Richland County County Council discussed this top Tuesday morning.


Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Richland County councilmembers met Tuesday to discuss where former inmates should go once they're released from the county jail. 

Currently, if someone is released from the Richland County Detention Center and no one can pick them up, a county van drops them off at the bus stop at Laurel and Sumter Street.

But community members have complained that having former inmates wandering around that downtown area is bad for business and residents. The ad hoc committee of county council now wants to look in to contracting taxis to transport the individuals wherever they want to go, instead of dropping them all off at the transit stop.

Currently about six former inmates a day are dropped off at the transit stop. Councilman Seth Rose says they hope to have a new plan developed by the end of the month. The system is and will be paid for by taxpayer money.

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