Jail overcrowding leads to dozens of inmates being moved
-- Keeping that area safe requires more staff, more overtime
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Overcrowding in Louisville's jail has led to dozens of inmates being moved to an older portion of the jail located above the Louisville Metro Police Dept.
Corrections Director Mark Bolton says the regular jail facilities can take 1,793 inmates. A news release says once the jail population goes over 2,000, "additional living space becomes a challenge." The current jail population stands at 2,071. That means there's no room left either at the main jail at 400 S. 6th Street, or in the Community Correctional Facility, at 316 E. Chestnut Street.
About 75 inmates will be moved. They are all minimum-custody inmates. Bolton said the situation will be "revisited daily as we receive our population count...This is just not a safe solution and it's costing us money in overtime… approximately $13,000 per week."
That's because the unit is not up to standards regarding fire suppression and smoke evacuation. That requires more manpower to be brought in to keep watch. The unit is also described as "staff-intensive" because cell and dorm doors have to be opened manually.
Bolton said the state jail inspector may be critical of the move, but, "we have to operate a jail system that is safe for both the inmates and staff who work here."
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