Sheriff: Salina jail overcrowding getting worse

Jail bars (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says the population of the county jail is the highest it’s ever been.

The sheriff said the jail held 280 inmates Wednesday. The jail was built for 192 inmates. Another 67 inmates are being housed outside of Saline County.

The sheriff cited changes in state laws that send people to county jails rather than state prisons and an insufficient number of judges in Saline County District Court as causes for the overcrowding. The jail also houses inmates waiting for beds in the state system, or those waiting for mental evaluations at Larned State Hospital.

The Salina Journal reports that county residents will vote in November on a five-tenths percent sales tax for a new jail with 344 beds and a justice complex.

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