The Gage County Board of Supervisors heard of overcrowding concerns in the county jail, with 54 inmates which is double the capacity. A number are being held in area facilities, which has resulted in over $120,000 in additional costs this year to date.
The matter has created staffing shortages, and transportation issues. A number of inmates were being held at Washington County, which is also accepting overflow from the Kansas Department of Corrections, and is at capacity.
The sheriff has proposed three new positions in next year’s budget, with two dedicated to corrections, and one deputy, at an estimated cost ranging from $45 – $50 thousand annually, with benefits.
No action was taken following brief discussion, and the matter is expected to be taken up again next week.