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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Corrections is expected to move inmates from the old jail where they were being held to relieve overcrowding back to the main jail sometime Tuesday.
That's after the jail population fell below 2,050 for several days in a row.
The number of inmates housed last week was too much for its current facilities, even as inmates were already sleeping in just about any area big enough for a bed.
So the agency went retro as a temporary solution for the second time in less than two years. Officers walked about 75 minimum security inmates to cells at the top of Metro Police Headquarters.
It's the older part of the county jail dating back to the 1950s, and it's a place that does not have automatic fire alarms or modern electronic security. That meant Metro Corrections was risking state sanctions in making the move. Corrections officers also must manually lock and unlock cell and dorm doors.
It was a tradeoff that came as local arrests go up for heroin and other drug-related offenses. Judges can choose home incarceration or other options to keep the count manageable. Other factors have also led to the overcrowding.
Overtime was expected to cost $13,000 a week, according to Metro Corrections officials.
Official jail capacity for all of Metro Corrections facilities is 1,793 inmates. The agency routinely houses hundreds more than that. The extreme measures taken last week came when the inmate population exceeded 2,050 on a daily basis.