New Columbiana Co. policy will mean jail for arrestees

columbiana county, ohio looking to change jail policy, could mean more overnight stays

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Anyone arrested in Columbiana County after 4 p.m. will spend the entire night in jail.

The Columbiana Clerk of Courts Office will implement its new policy on June 15.

“At 8 o’clock the next morning, our deputy clerk will come out, review the charges, determine the probable cause, that’s there’s enough for the charge, and at that time, you will be put in front of the judge at video arraignment,” said Shane Patrone, Deputy Chief Clerk of Courts.

“I think it’ll make them think twice before they do some stupid things. But, I don’t totally agree with they should keep them all night either. So, I’m a little split. But, for the public’s sake, I think they would feel safer,” Jeff Elliot of Lisbon said.

Patrone said the reason behind the decision is based on an Ohio Supreme Court ruling on the use of special deputy clerks, which the county currently uses.

“They had problems with due to the probable cause finding and who was doing it and whether there was any bias,” Patrone said.

He said it’s a pro-active step to protect both Columbiana County courts as well as the individual’s rights.

Commissioner Jim Hoppel doesn’t expect the cost to the county to increase too much.

“If anybody is processed at the jail, up until now, or up until that time, we paid for them anyhow,” Hoppel said.

He said an inmate’s stay counts for the entire day at a cost of $67.41. The new policy could save resources for the county’s courts.

“Hopefully, it’ll speed up the court process. Instead of someone bonding out and then three or four days later, scheduling the process. They’re already there. We’ll have them go in front of the judge. They can get the process started or completed, depending on their plea,” Patrone said.

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