Sheriff says jail crowding getting worse|About 300 need to serve time, and Lyons says he needs money to make room

PERKINS TWP. Most sheriffs worry about inmates trying to escape from jail. Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons w
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

Most sheriffs worry about inmates trying to escape from jail. Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons worries about hundreds of people who need to get into the jail.

Lyons said that about 300 people are on the waiting list to get behind bars to serve court-ordered jail sentences.

The sheriff said he's also worried about the dozens of inmates who have to be set free every month, and the fact he is holding an average of 123 inmates a day in a jail that has a capacity of 106.

The sheriff said the overcrowding problem will only get worse. Demand for jail space reaches a peak during the summer tourist season, which hasn't yet begun.

Lyons showed up at Thursday's Erie County Commissioner meeting to tell commissioners he needs help, and to remind them he is still waiting for the $100,000 he was promised months ago that would pay to put inmates in jails outside Erie County.

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