The Joplin City Jail continues to operate the electronic monitoring program, which allows inmates to serve their jail time while on house arrest. This program mitigates jail population and, to participate in the program, the inmate must pay a daily monitoring fee.
The jail is also utilizing the Huber Work Release program, which allows those inmates who have been sentenced to serve jail days to apply to receive a furlough to go out and search for a job while they are incarcerated, as well as maintain their employment while they are serving jail time.
After the May 22 tornado, the jail utilized inmate work crews to assist with cleanup of the properties owned by the city. This was highly successful within the community as well for those inmates who participated.
As the city continues to grow, we are anticipating an even larger number of prisoners to book and process. With the increase of processing inmates, the jail will continue to explore new and innovative programs, which will both mitigate jail population and assist inmates as they reintegrate back into the community.