Second, we can make greater use of alternative sentencing such as the SHINE community service program that I developed in 2010. It costs nearly $50 a day to keep one person in jail. Instead, put that person to work on graffiti removal or litter pickup, as SHINE does, and keep jail populations to a more manageable level.
Third, the juvenile detention center doesn't face the same deficiency issues that confront the jail. Its relocation, while desirable in the long term because of neighboring commercial development, isn't an immediate necessity. We should separate the two issues and focus first on the jail.
Government's first responsibility is to the taxpayers. When faced with challenges, its first response should not be more taxes, but the careful weighing of every option.
Maughan, a Republican, is Oklahoma County District 2 commissioner.
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