FRANKFORT — Top Kentucky elected officials say a measure could remedy the costly issue of elected county jailers who have no jails to run—slashing their pay scales.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting recently revealed that the state has 41 elected jailers in counties where the local jail had been consolidated with neighboring jurisdictions. The offices of the state’s 41-no-jail jailers cost taxpayers about $2 million annually.

Only in Kentucky: Jailers Without Jails

Jan 2, 2015

This story was reported by R.G. Dunlop of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Jacob Ryan of WFPL News.

CHAVIES, Ky. — Jeanette Miller Hughes padded barefoot around her modest home on a recent weekday afternoon, wearing a stained, baggy shirt and leggings. The television blared “The Muppets” as Hughes babysat her grandchild.

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In rural counties, state-run prisons are often major employers. And, after state budget cuts and reforms in the penal code, they remain an important part of the local economy. Some 12 state operated prisons are situated in relatively small towns. There’s a maximum security prison in Eddyville and the others are either community or medium security complexes.