FOP files complaint against Metro Corrections over house arrest checks
The FOP calls it a danger to public safety. Some criminals on house arrest allegedly aren't being checked on as often as before.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB )-- We all know how house arrest works.
"Home incarceration inmates live next door to you. They're not locked up downtown. These are people who live in your neighbor," said FOP President Tracy Dotson.
But there are restrictions and rules that must be followed and officers who are tasked with enforcing them. The Fraternal Order of Police says their officers in Jefferson County aren't being allowed to perform that part of their job.
"To do clerical work that generally is assigned to non-clerical staff," Attorney Mary Witt Sharp said.
It has the FOP fired up.
"What are these officers, what are these members going into when they're going into a house that hasn't been checked on in six months?" Dotson asked. "What has this guy been doing? What does he have in that house? You don't know."
Drugs and weapons, said Dotson, could both be on the table.
The FOP filed a grievance last month against Metro Corrections. In it, they say numbers prove their point, citing just a few months ago as an example.
The grievance states last May there were 147 in-home checks. A month later, after clerical assignments were added to their workload, the complaint claims the number dropped to 56 in-home checks.
"A 300 percent reduction in the amount of in home checks," Sharp said.
"We're going to take a look at whether or not the numbers went down," said Steve Durham with Metro Corrections.
Durham still calls the home incarceration program successful.
"They are making their home checks, they're doing their work, they're managing the inmates assigned to them," he said.
Up next, the director of Metro Corrections will meet with the FOP to discuss the complaint. If the FOP isn't satisfied with that talk, then an official with Mayor Greg Fischer's office will have similar talks with them in the hopes of finding a resolution.
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