Remaining overflow space, gyms to be used for excess inmates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Metro Corrections is preparing to make use of every bit of available space to house its steadily rising inmate population.

Steve Durham, assistant director at Metro Corrections, tells The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/28XH8KD) that a broken pipe delayed the Monday opening of the only remaining unused space in the 1950s-era jail above Louisville Metro Police headquarters.

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Nearly 100 inmates are already housed in the overflow area, and Durham says the final unopened area can hold about 30 people.

That jail space closed in 2008, amid safety concerns. It was reopened in April when there were about 2,050 inmates in custody.

As of Monday, Metro Corrections reported 2,146 inmates in its custody, well above the 1,793-bed design capacity.

Jail staff is also working to convert two gymnasiums with temporary bathrooms, showers and beds.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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