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Wiregrass Newsroom: Coffee county electronic system saving money and time

Marcy Childs answers the phone in the intake room at the Coffee county jail. Marcy Childs answers the phone in the intake room at the Coffee county jail.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

NEW BROCKTON, AL (WSFA) -- Marcy Childs used to spend 45 minutes processing just one inmate at the Coffee county jail. But now, that time is cut in half.

"The paper is a hassle, copies get lost, or what have you, and it's just really a lot better," says Childs, an Intake Supervisor at the jail.

It's all thanks to a program called the Offender Management System--used to book inmates and keep up with their records.

"Everything is just so much more efficient," says Childs.

While the program saves the jail more than $100 dollars per week in paper costs, it also saves deputies time.

"Instead of coming in, sitting down, and having to write everything out, they'll just transmit that to our computer, we'll be able to receive the inmate, release them [deputies] immediately, to go back into the streets and do the law enforcement," says Jail Administrator, Captain Richard Moss.

But instead of using your taxpayer dollars to fund the $250,000 dollar project, inmates are footing the cost. With every dollar they spend on phone calls, fifty-five cents goes toward the equipment.

"I sleep good at night knowing that those who commit the crime are paying the bill," says Moss.

It's a change Marcy's getting used to.

"There's still a few little areas we've got to work on," she says.

But, it's one she welcomes.

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