Temporary Step Allowed to Handle Booming Gage County Inmate Population

Temporary Step Allowed to Handle Booming Gage County Inmate Population
Rear of Gage County Detention Center

BEATRICE – The Nebraska Jail Standards Boards is allowing Gage County a temporary step to handle a high inmate population……the key word being, temporary.

Sheriff Millard Gustafson says the inmate population is up again, in recent days, to near fifty inmates….in a facility designed to handle no more than about thirty.

:30                  “period of time”

The county jail, as an older facility built in the 1970s, does not have to meet more stringent standards of newer facilities.

Gage County contracts with Washington County, Kansas to hold some inmates in their jail.  The county also has been able to hold prisoners periodically in the Dawson and Saline County detention facilities.

Gustafson says corrections officers have been transporting inmates, both during the day and night.

:07                  “a little ragged”

Gustafson said the criminal caseload doesn’t appear to be slowing down.  As of today, Gage County had 49 male and female prisoners in its custody.  Inmates were being held in Beatrice, Lexington, Lincoln and Washington, Kansas.

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