Continuing High Inmate Population, Boosts Expenses For Gage County Jail

BEATRICE –  Gage County is having to transfer another $60,000 from the county general fund to the Gage County Jail budget.

The transfer approved today is on top of another transfer made recently. County Supervisor Gary Lytle chairs the board’s law enforcement committee.

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The Gage County Jail, built in the 1970s, is designed to hold around 25 to 30 inmates, but a growing population in recent years has prompted the county to house inmates in other county detention facilities when there is an overflow.

As of today, there are 40 people in custody of Gage County, some being held in the Dawson County Jail, the Washington County, Kansas Jail and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, in Lincoln.

Lytle says he wouldn’t be surprised if another budget transfer to jail operations will be needed, prior to the end of the fiscal year, June 30th.

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