MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office sent female inmates to serve the rest of their sentences in Shelby County Jail on Thursday due to the downtown facilities overcrowding issues.
Jail officials loaded up nine female inmates and their belongings on Thursday afternoon.
According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, it will cost $55 per day, per inmate — $495 a day — to house the females at the Shelby County facility. Of the nine females, each jail sentence varies. Miami County Commissioners approved of the female population moving to Shelby County to help with the downtown jail overcrowding.
“Sheriff (Charles) Cox has been working diligently with county commissioners to come up with a solution to our downtown jail overcrowding problem,” Duchak said.
Commissioners approved up to 15 female inmates are allowed to be sent to Shelby County at any given time.
The primary jail is downtown at the Miami County Safety Building and currently is allowed to house a maximum of 43 prisoners.
Duchak said at one point this summer, more than 60 inmates were being housed in the downtown facility, greatly exceeding the state and federal capacity standards.
“With the females being housed in Shelby County, it will make our jail manageable for the safety of our staff as well as the inmates,” Duchak said.
The Incarceration Facility was reopened in July 2013 after being closed for 3 1/2 years due to budget constraints. Funding was approved to open two of four pods for a maximum of 120 inmates.
Duchak said a long-term solution is “in the works,” yet staffing for a female pod at the Incarceration Facility on County Road 25-A would need to be approved.
Duchak said the spike in female population as well as maximum male population numbers are mostly attributed to drug related crimes and theft and property crimes tied to drug activity.
“All increases with female jail population seem to be drug related,” Duchak said.