Officials satisfied with answers in HIP situation

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Attorney Monica Robinson had questions.

So did Bullitt County Sheriff David Greenwell.

To seek the answers, Robinson filed a motion to intervene into the case.

But when all the questions were answered in the final order by Circuit Judge Rodney Burress, Robinson said there is no longer a reason for the parties to intervene.

The case involving Misty Thompson drew media attention as the defendant was released without entering the county’s home incarceration program on Oct. 24.

A hearing was held the next day after a request was made by Robinson.

Citing a need for more information and a busy court docket, a hearing was set for Nov. 1. At that time, a motion was made to have Chief Justice John Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court to decide if Burress should be replaced in the case.

Minton would rule just a few days later that there were no grounds to have Burress disqualified from the case.

On Nov. 15, Robinson remanded her motion to intervene.

In her motion to remand and in a discussion with Bullitt Fiscal Court, Robinson said fiscal court and the sheriff just sought some clarification to Burress’ order.

For example, what terms and conditions should the defendant be placed on HIP? Another question was who would be the supervising authority and who would report any possible violations? And how would the defendant pay for the monitoring costs?

In Burress’ order on Oct. 30, the defendant was placed on HIP through the Bullitt County Detention Center, under a program provided through the  state Department of Corrections. 

Robinson said the county would be out no money under that arrangement.

“I’m glad it is over,” said Robinson. “All we were looking for was some guidance on how this person was to be handled.”

Under the new plan, Bullitt Fiscal Court opted to remove the home incarceration program out of the detention center’s control. There were concerns over accountability of those serving on the HIP.

The current plan calls for the sheriff’s to administer the program. The hookup and daily monitoring fees are split between the parties.

During the initial hearing, Robinson said that the county is not in the business of subsidizing the program. Thompson was not required to pay any of the daily monitoring fees.

With the county relieved of its duty to monitor the defendant and to pay for the daily monitoring fees, Robinson said there was no reason to be involved in that case.

Jailer Martha Knox has filed suit against Greenwell, Robinson and Bullitt Fiscal Court for taking the program away from her.