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Cost Of S.A.S.A. Program

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By KMVT News

Pocatello, Idaho ( KIFI-TV ) Bannock County Commissioners will decide how much money they can contribute to the eastern Idaho partnership wanting to bring in a federal attorney to help crack-down on high crimes.

Counties and cities part of this partnership are all on board.

But the current concern felt by everyone is the financial agreement... how much will this cost each of us?

How much is the state willing to put forward?

Wednesday, Bannock County Commissioners announced they will review their budget.

Prosecuting attorney Stephen Herzog says the state will be asked to pay 75 percent, while the partnership will split the remaining costs based on population size.

Herzog says bringing in another federal attorney will help save the county money.

"If we can access the federal system and prosecute in the federal system, then those people go out of state to be incarcerated and the state doesn't have to pay the cost of their incarceration," he explains.

It'll all come down to what the state legislature decides it will pay this upcoming session.

Then the partnership will reconvene and decide if that's feasible.

The Treasure Valley implemented this 100 thousand dollar program in 2007 and has since reported a significant decrease in gang-related crimes.


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