#REPOST “However, that goal is unreachable without collaboration between the city and a host of criminal justice officials, and particularly Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.
Krewson has no direct power over who gets sent to Workhouse or for how long. She can’t simply order the release of non-violent inmates locked up for probation violations or adjust bond amounts for people too poor to pay their way out of minor crimes.
Probation, bond amounts, the speed of a particular criminal case — these areas are influenced by a collection of different actors, including defense attorneys, judges and probation officers. And the brunt of these responsibilities converge inside the offices of the circuit attorney.
On July 24 — the same day that five industrial AC units were delivered to the Workhouse — Krewson convened two meetings with city and state officials, as well as several judges, with the goal of devising a strategy to shrink the Workhouse’s population and reduce the amount of time inmates spend languishing in its cells.
Gardner did not attend. Neither did any representative or prosecutor from the Circuit Attorney’s Office. “
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