Jail overcrowding causes concern in Warren Co. - Tucson News Now

Jail overcrowding causes concern in Warren Co.

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -

The month of January has stretched the 280 bed Warren County Jail and its staff to the limits.

Authorities have been forced to take some drastic measures to relieve the overcrowding problem, including refraining from making some arrests.

"That's something that we're just not proud of. Do not want to do, and when our cops are out there fighting crime. They want to bring people to jail and need to bring people to jail, and we can't take them," said Warren County Jail administrator, Major Barry Riley.

During January, jailers have had 25 days where they've had to turn away enforcement personnel because they couldn't accept any more. However, they do warn the most violent offenders will still be arrested.

"We will make room some way, somehow, if you have a felony or a crime of violence. We'll get you into jail," said Riley.

In 2010, a minor expansion at the jail double-bunked inmates, but a new jail would solve the problem.

"Where the funding would come from? I don't know," said Riley.

Warren County taxpayer, Kevin Bond does not want to pay more. "Your taxes have already been raised and to add on, you know, other taxes as well as that?" asked Bond. "Yeah, that's a pretty touchy subject."

Warren County commissioners this week reinstated its Jail Advisory Board. The panel hopes to pinpoint the cause of overcrowding at the Warren County Jail.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Pima Co. Flood Control restores Burrowing owl habitat

    Pima Co. Flood Control restores Burrowing owl habitat

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:17:54 GMT
    (Source: Pima County)(Source: Pima County)

    Volunteers from Flood Control, Wild at Heart, the Tucson Audubon Society and Tucson Electric Power built 16 new burrows using plastic buckets, tubing, and PVC pipes to mimic natural burrows. These burrows were then covered in rock to provide additional protection to the habitat entrances.  

    Volunteers from Flood Control, Wild at Heart, the Tucson Audubon Society and Tucson Electric Power built 16 new burrows using plastic buckets, tubing, and PVC pipes to mimic natural burrows. These burrows were then covered in rock to provide additional protection to the habitat entrances.  

  • One man dead after officer involved shooting at South Lawn Mortuary

    One man dead after officer involved shooting at South Lawn Mortuary

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:14:00 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

  • UA VETS Center working to return lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans

    UA VETS Center working to return lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:58 AM EDT2017-05-27 04:58:58 GMT

    The University of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) is working to return about 2,300 lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans who fought in the Vietnam War. 

    The University of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) is working to return about 2,300 lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans who fought in the Vietnam War. 

Powered by Frankly