Bills under consideration at the Statehouse to overhaul the state’s criminal code could put more people in jail. As a result, the Johnson County jail likely would reach or exceed its capacity.
Officials would be wise to begin discussing options keeping inmate numbers under control.
The proposal would create new classifications for felony crimes and reduce penalties on some lower-level offenses. The changes likely would lead to more people being sentenced to time in local jails or work-release or home-detention programs, instead of state prison.