Someone stole a candy bar worth less than $2 and then missed a court hearing on the theft charge, resulting in a bench warrant that landed the accused in the Luzerne County prison for a night of lodging that cost taxpayers $110.
“It would have been cheaper for the county to buy this person the candy bar instead of paying for jail,” said Jacob Sills, who cited the case as one of the most frustrating he’s found in county case files.
Sills, head of Uptrust Inc., is dissecting the records as part of his company’s pilot program using text message reminders of court dates and other outreach to reduce the number of offenders who land in prison for failure to appear.
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