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Councilmembers want to use stimulus funds for jail overcrowding

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two Cincinnati councilmembers want to use $1.3 million in federal stimulus money to address jail overcrowding and blight issues.

Leslie Ghiz and Greg Harris announced their plan during a press conference Monday morning at City Hall.

The first part of their plan is to lease an additional 75 electronic monitoring units with GPS units to track city offenders. They believe a lack of jail space could create a public safety crises this summer.

Budget cuts forced the closure of the Queensgate Jail earlier this year.

The second part of their plan is to allocate funds for a pilot program to combat blight and nuisance issues in communities with the highest level of need. The plan would model Columbus' Zone Initiative Team, which assigns an attorney to work with residents in a specific district to address quality of life issues.

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