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DeWitt County State's Attorney: Budgetary Uncertainty Ahead Because of Bail Reform

DeWitt County State's Attorney Dan Markwell had a grim warning for the DeWitt County Board Thursday night as the Board beings preparing its Fiscal Year 23 budget.


Dan Markwell says the no cash bail coming January 1, 2023, is going to be detrimental to the County budget. He says there are processing fees and fines that will go away the County is going to have to account for.



According to Markwell, the County is also going to have to account for overtime and holiday pay because the new Safe-T legislation requires criminals to have a hearing within 24 or 48 hours depending on the offense and that is going to bring with it many requirements.



According to DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker, the elimination of the booking fee is going to impact his Department's ability to purchase new vehicles. Additionally, they will likely need to explore options on how to cover security for the courthouse when it opened on weekends and holidays.



The County is underway in its budgeting process for the budget year that begins on Dec. 1. 

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