41 Ky. counties have jailers but no jails
Kentucky has 41 elected county jailers without jails to run.
An inquiry by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and WFPL radio (http://bit.ly/1wKbzYC) found that the outdated system costs taxpayers nearly $2 million.
Michael Jackson, a National Institute of Corrections program specialist, said Kentucky is the only state with elected jailers.
Jailers with no jails are paid salaries set by county officials with boundaries set by the state of between $20,000 and $70,398. In addition, responsibilities vary from county to county.
Most jailers without jails say they have enough responsibilities to keep them busy full-time, but a few also hold down other jobs.
KCIR and WFPL report that some have suggested merging the jailer’s office with that of the sheriff, but the idea hasn’t gained traction.