Friday, July 5, 2013

Press-Tribune: A Few New Beds For Overcrowded Canyon County Jail

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Officials at the Canyon County jail say they're about to add 15 new beds to the facility, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says that's not nearly enough to meet the needs of the community.

The bunk beds—10 for female inmates and five for male inmates—will cost about $4,000, according to this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune. Canyon County spent nearly $12,000 just for one month to house inmates in other counties' jails. Canyon County officials said they won't be making any architectural changes to the jailhouse but they will instead "make more efficient use of space," according to the Press-Tribune.

"This is a tiny band-aid that's going to save us a little bit of money," Canyon County Sheriff's Office Capt. Daren Ward told the Press-Tribune.

Canyon County voters have turned down a bond to build a new jail three times in the past several years.

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