Greenleaf: Community Service Will Save Costs

A bill would change the law when it comes to fines and restitution for convictions.

The measure offers judges the option to impose a sentence of community service over a fine or further incarceration. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf favors alternatives.

“There’s a lot of people who can’t afford 1,000 and if we send them back to prison for a period of time that could end up costing the state. For one year in jail the cost to the state is currently 42,000. I don’t think that works out to well the way I add it up.”

Senate judiciary committee chairman stewart greenleaf says the approach of being tough on crime, which he often called for in the past, is not working. He’s urging his fellow Republican lawmakers to support his measure.