The Rapid City Journal reports that the proposed expansion of the Pennington County Jail, part of the MacArthur Foundation Grant, could include adopting a Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI) to help offenders who cannot afford bail or bond await their pretrial hearing outside of a jail cell. On average, it costs taxpayers $80 per day to house an inmate at the Pennington County Jail.
The Rapid City Journal reports that if grant is received, some of the money will help with funding 17 new positions. Three of these jobs will be temporary training jobs that will expire when the grant is gone. The other 14 jobs would hopefully be funded by savings from lowering the jail population after the use of the grant. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom says that if the grant is not awarded, or the amount is less than requested, the committee will look at other funding options available.