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The high cost of fighting crime

We all want law and order, safe neighborhoods and criminals taken off the streets. It’s one of the main things we expect our local governments to provide.

But what many don’t know is the high cost of safety, especially in terms of incarceration.

This was brought into focus last week at a Carroll Board of Supervisors’ budget meeting, when it was revealed that the county’s cost of keeping prisoners at the New River Valley Regional Jail would increase by $400,000 next fiscal year.