LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Department of Corrections may soon offer relief to Louisville's overcrowded jail.

Part of the problem is caused by the number of state inmates being held at Metro Corrections.

But Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton tells WDRB that the state has agreed to a contract with a private company to house some 2,200 inmates.

The state has used private jails in the past, but ended the practice several years ago.

State officials say they can’t confirm that a deal has been signed, but acknowledge they are negotiating to reopen some private prison beds because of a surge in offenders.

Bolton says the move will help relieve his jammed jail which, he says, houses some 300 state inmates on any given day.

“By expanding capacity, that will at least assist in relieving the bottleneck and the backup of state offenders that are being kept here longer than they should be because there's no place to put them,” Bolton said.

Inmate capacity at Metro Corrections is about 1,800. There are currently just over 2,100 inmates in custody.

Bolton also says discussions continue on a longer term solution to overcrowding, including the very expensive option of building a new jail.

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