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No decision on temporary control of Bullitt County home incarceration program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge left a special hearing Wednesday, without making a decision on who should temporarily run Bullitt County's home incarceration program (HIP).

Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress heard arguments from attorneys representing both Bullitt County Jailer Martha Knox, and county officials. If granted, the motion for temporary injunction would allow the jail to regain control of the program while a civil suit is pending.

Knox is suing the fiscal court, county attorney and sheriff, claiming the officials illegally took control of a home incarceration program for defendants and raised rates to make money.

Knox is asking a judge to prohibit Sheriff David Greenwell and County Attorney Monica Robinson from running the program and collecting fees and give control of it back to the jail.

The HIP program, according to the suit, was run by the jail until Fiscal Court handed control to Greenwell during an Aug. 6 meeting. The resolution from the meeting states that the reason for the change is distance.

The resolution  states: "This will allow for HIP hookup to occur at the courthouse by a sheriff rather than the offender having to travel across county to the Detention Center, which should be safer for all county residents."

County Attorney Monica Robinson reiterated their focus on safety during an interview outside the courtroom Wednesday.

"We acted on behalf of the public, and protection of the public, and we will continue to act to protect our community," said Robinson. "As far as we're concerned we would change none of our actions."

According to the suit, Robinson "failed to oppose" the actions of the fiscal court, creating a "substantial conflict of interest" allowing the county attorney to decide who is eligible for home incarceration.

Knox told WDRB Wednesday that by the Sheriff taking over control of HIP, she isn't able to fulfill her constitutional duty.

"That's my oath, that's my duty, and that's what I need to do," she said.

Knox's attorney, Eric Farris, said he expected to have a decision on the injunction by Thursday.

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