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Clark County jail expanding to deal with overcrowding problem

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Clark County is dealing with an influx of inmates in an already-crowded jail.

Officers are cramming bunks into common areas of the jail to accommodate 510 inmates.

The Clark County jail is over the 500 mark every day, and it's costly to accommodate their inmates. Each extra bed is about $700.

The Clark County jail expanded several years ago to house 478 inmates. The project cost more than $33 million but it may not have been big enough.

Sheriff Danny Rodden says as the area continues to grow, so does the crime rate.

Rodden says,"I can't really tell you why that happens, the economy probably has something to do with it, the drug problem has something to do with it there's probably lots of factors that figure in."

He says the county will have to come up with a long-term solution.

"Eventually they'll need more space here because growth just brings more inmate and more problems," Rodden says. "But there will be a line when it will become dangerous if we go too much farther."

Clark County is housing several inmates from other counties and a few for the state. The sheriff says it makes about $35 per day per inmate.

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