Tuesday, November 24, 2009

State prisoners clog Gwinnett jails

The Gwinnett County jail was packed with 376 state prisoners in October, more than any other county in Georgia. On Monday, that number had fallen to 179. Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said the severity of the problem fluctuates, but the issue has been constant since he took office in 1997.

"I'm on the phone with my jail administrator four or five times a week urging him to call the state and try to get them to pick up folks," Conway said.

Conway estimates that he could be staffing two fewer housing units if he didn't have to hold state prisoners.

State prisoners clogging local jails
Atlanta Journal Constitution

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