ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Behind a barbed-wire fence is a building the jailer thinks is bursting at the seams. Inmates here, there, and even sleeping on the floor.

The Hardin County Detention Center has a capacity of 648 inmates. Its average daily population these days: 774. 

Jailer Danny Allen has monitored the numbers on paper for a while, but says he can stay silent no more, because he thinks it's a security issue.

"I have a responsibility for my employees and their safety," Allen said.

He has 87 officers on staff that work around the clock already, and it's not enough.

"Yesterday we had 170 inmates in a hallway, and had one officer per shift watching that by himself," Allen said.

If something were to go wrong, he worries it could get ugly quick.

"There's no way that one officer can handle a situation when he's in a hallway by himself," he said. 

In addition to 10-12 more officers, he'd like to see competitive wages for them. 

As for the inmates, he thinks house arrest versus being locked up could go long way, even if it's not the popular choice.

Allen met with the Hardin County Judge Executive Tuesday night to voice his concerns.

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