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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Problems continue to worsen at jail - The Item: News: jailovercrowding,

Problems continue to worsen at jail - The Item: News: jailovercrowding,

"Capacity and housing issues as well as worries about violent crime trends were something that jail Director Maj. Simon Major shared with The Item during a tour of the facility in December. Space is dwindling as violent crimes are becoming more frequent, he said. But since then, the trends have continued to worsen, so much so that overcrowding and lack of space for violent offenders is a real possibility.

On Tuesday, Major briefed Sumter County Council as part of an effort to keep the group regularly updated about what's going on at the jail - a unisex, pre-trial facility located on Winkles Road in Sumter that operates on a $6 million annual budget.

Major discussed the number of violent offenders currently housed at the jail, as well as trends showing the expected increase of those offenders during the next decade. It was information Public Safety Committee chairman and Councilman Artie Baker said is "frightening.""

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