Madison County officials are speaking out against bail reform.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, Madison County Probation and the Board of Supervisors have released a joint statement on bail reform that's set to take effect in January.

As of January 1st, there will be no more cash bail for most misdemeanor or nonviolent felony arrests.  The majority of offenses will only require an appearance ticket

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood said, "While the intentions of bail reform are good, this law makes it difficult for law enforcement to keep the residents of Madison County safe.  This law is putting dangerous people who we previously could put behind bars back on the streets."

The DA's Office and the Probation Office are predicting a substantial increase in workload, resulting in additional staffing requests in the 2020 budget, which will be reflected in a tax increase for residents next year.

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