Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Jail Fees Affecting Recidivism

Jun 20, 2019

The mayor says he supports the idea of charging inmates a $30/day fee if they're in jail longer than three days, but says he hasn't heard from the county's new sheriff.
Credit courtesy City of Frankfort

If Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes wants to have his city seen as more progressive, when it comes to attracting investment, a recent move by the county commissioners may not help.

They’ve instituted a $30 per day fee for anyone found guilty of a crime who sits in the county jail for more than three days. That’s despite much criminal justice research showing that legal fees and fines do little more than encourage recidivism.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we put the issue to McBarnes and get his take.

Also on this week’s show, it now appears Prairie Creek Park won’t be open in time for next month’s Hot Dog Festival. Just how backed up have that project and others become due to a rainy spring?