Due to budget constraints, in 2007 Pasco County eliminated its government run PTR program, saving taxpayers $348,000 per year. In 2008, the county’s jail population increase was a negligible 5 bed days per year (an increase from 1,262 to 1,267)…a less than 0.4% increase. However, when considering the population growth of the county during that same time, there was a net decrease of 2.2% in per capita bed days. Per capita occupancy went DOWN, not up!
–Pasco County Sheriff Bob White
–Pasco County Commissioner Michael Cox
The complete elimination of the taxpayer financed pretrial release program in Pasco County had no significant impact on jail population. If any impact must be drawn, one could conclude that eliminating the program actually reduced the per capita jail population while saving taxpayers nearly $350,000 per year.