Porter said this issue came to a head for Grady County recently. He said problems became evident about six months ago and he projects the influx of inmates, combined with turning away Federal money, would cost several hundred thousand dollars a year.
Justice said scrutiny is key in the legislative process.
"We have to work together to make sure there are no unintended consequences with passing this bill," he said. "We need to protect our tax payers here, while moving these people through the system."
Should the legislation pass, it would effectively work to stop the Grady County Jail from running a deficit.
For the moment, Justice said he and his colleagues need to continue working on keeping the public safe while pushing the DOC to lessen their reliance on the jail, so it can continue doing what has kept it alive thus far.