By Brian Lazenby
Hamilton County officials said they will consider whether to reinstate a pretrial release program that would place some non-violent offenders on house arrest while awaiting trial.
County Mayor Claude Ramsey said he would propose the idea to the commission’s Jail and Safety Committee when it meets Tuesday.
Officials halted a similar program in 1997 after a 19-year-old man was killed by a man who was on house arrest while awaiting trial on felony charges.
Judges said they believe the program will be more successful at reducing jail overcrowding than a newly implemented program that releases some defendants from jail on their own recognizance until trial.
Officials said the current program is not being implemented enough to be effective.
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