Jail Overcrowding Continues to Cost Dallas County Thousands

January 11, 2017 5:32 am

dallas-county-sheriffDallas County will be asking voters again to approve a bond referendum to build a new law enforcement facility within the city limits of Adel.

The Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of The Samuels Group at their meeting Tuesday.  The firm will be tasked with developing a campaign to educate the public about the project.

Sheriff Chad Leonard says the overcrowding issue at the jail continues to get worse.

“We’re bursting at the seems with the jail.  We’re spending a lot of money in other facilities.  I just hope people take a genuine interest because then they’ll realize why we’re in the position that we are.  The state of Iowa does set the rules and regulations for everything for us to follow.  Every prisoner gets so many square foot.  People always have derogatory comments like ‘You can fit more people into that facility’ well, you can’t by law.  We’re just trying to do the best we can for citizens with what we have.”

Leonard says the jail is rated at a 48 prisoner capacity, however it can be full with just 25 prisoners depending on segregation and separation requirements for certain inmates. Last week, Dallas County had a total of 77 prisoners in custody at one time.  Housing inmates in other facilities cost the County approximately $200,000 in the last six months.

We’ll hear more from the Sheriff on tomorrow’s Let’s Talk Dallas County program.

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