ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The top-ranking official at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail spoke at the Charlottesville NAACP’s meeting about how the jail works to rehabilitate criminals.

On Monday, July 9, Colonel Martin Kumer told the group that most offenders did not commit violent crimes.

He added that since the average length of incarceration at ACRJ is only 35 days, the jail's rehabilitation programs must be efficient.

“Every time we keep someone from coming back, that means there’s one less victim out there, one less crime, it means that our other resources - police or other criminal justice agencies - they can focus on the more important stuff, the higher level crimes and so forth,” says Kumer.

Kumer says that he’s happy to help educate the public about what happens with taxpayer dollars behind closed doors at the jail.