Overcrowding in Mower County Jail

Created: 02/18/2014 6:21 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- There's not much room at the Mower County Jail these days. 

Even with a new facility, the county is learning they just don't have enough staff for the increase in inmate detainees.  On average the inmate population is around 65.  However, as of late, its closer to 85.

The jail has a maximum capacity of 128 inmates, but the Department of Corrections (DOC) limits the jail to 88 inmates, based on it's current staffing level.
Out of the current 85 inmates in custody, most of them have dealt with the justice system before and some inmates are staying longer because of the severity of their crimes.

"People get probation, and then they can't live up to the probation expectations, so they're getting arrested and then they're brought to jail, and this isn't just a one time thing, you know, where people are given just one chance, it's multiple chances," says Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

Amazi also says with permission from the DOC, the jail could exceed the 88 inmate limit, but they would need more staff.

ABC 6 did some checking with surrounding county jails, we'll have those numbers for you and what local sheriff's may be doing to help with the overcrowding problem tonight at 10.