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Springfield, Greene County Releases Safety & Justice Roundtable Report

Ozarks Public Radio
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City and County leaders released a report Wednesday tracking the progress on the Safety and Justice Roundtable.  That’s a local group that looks into what’s working—and what’s not—in the area’s emergency, judicial and safety programs. 

The report says Springfield has done a good job since 2011 to combine emergency response facilities, and that area agencies are working better together at sharing data. It also praised the police department for its management of records, as well as the Greene County Sherriff’s Office and the City of Republic.

But, as the report highlights, critical issues remain;  the Greene County jail is still dangerously overcrowded, despite a new judge and a law enforcement tax that was supposed to help bring the jail population down.  Also, the report said the family and juvenile justice systems need work, that the county needs to expand its facilities, and that several agencies need to increase their staff.

The Safety and Justice Roundtable is an 18-member citizen task force.  You can see the complete findings by clicking here.