Butler County cuts $1.5 million from Sheriff's Office

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Commissioner's Office voted Thursday to cut $3.5 million dollars out of the county's budget Thursday, $1.5 million of which coming from the sheriff's office.

These budget cuts may result in more than 20 people losing their positions at the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Richard Jones also says that some inmates may have to be released as a result of the budget cuts.

"We're going to have to cut the inmate population, the community is going to be less secure than they were, we're going to have less policemen, we're going to have less prisoners locked up," Jones said.

Jones also says that because of the short notice of the budget cuts, they're going to have to be more drastic.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office has lost close to 70 employees in the last 18 months.

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