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County hire will pay off

Good for the Sedgwick County Commission for taking a modest step Wednesday that promises a big payoff: funding another employee in the District Attorney's Office to accelerate the completion of journal entries and move post-trial inmates more quickly from the Sedgwick County Jail to state prison. The slow filing of journal entries, brought to light by Eagle reporter Deb Gruver, has been unnecessarily costing county taxpayers $38 per day per inmate in the jail. Spending another $45,000 a year for a county employee could save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars, as it helps the county get a handle on its jail population.