Updated 09/25/2012 06:59 PM
Oswego County Sheriff's department saves money by cutting down on out of county inmate boarding
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Officials say the efforts to cut down on out of county boarding for Oswego County inmates are working.
For the past two years, the Oswego County Jail has seen a rapidly growing trend of receiving more inmates than the facility has room for which forced officials to send the extra inmates to be housed in other counties.
The jail holds 169 inmates and it costs the county about $90 per day to board one person out.
At the height of the problem this past August, nearly 80 inmates were sent to other facilities. But the Sheriff's Department has gotten that number down to only 14 inmates by working closely with the District Attorney and Parole Department to move cases along more efficiently, which in turn, shortens some stays in the county jail.
"Just like the issue didn't come from any one source, the solution isn't going to come from any one source. It will be all the disciplines working together just as we do to charge people to get people convicted or whatever to get them through the criminal justice system and move on," said Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan.
Officials are also using home confinement as an alternative to county jail stays in appropriate cases. This year's budget originally allotted $100,000 toward the costs of boarding inmates out. Officials estimate by the end of the year, they will actually have spent close to $1.3 million.