Housing Other Counties' Inmates

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

This month marks the fifth year anniversary since the new Washington County Correctional Facility opened.

But one of the main factors that helps the jail maintain operations doesn't include Washington County inmates.

Captain Dean Ketelsen says the facility is seeing an increase in the number of out-of-county inmates.

Ketelsen says because of sentencing laws changing, more inmates are being sent to jail rather than prison, which is causing many of Ohio's jails to overflow.

He says by charging $60 a day to house each out-of-county inmate, that extra money helps fund operations, supplies and even keep jobs.

"If we don't have the prisoner count up, we don't need all the manpower to run the jail," Ketelsen said. "We've been averaging 95, 97 prisoners a day, and it keeps everybody employed."

Ketelsen says about a quarter of the jails' inmates are from other counties, and he anticipates housing them to bring in an extra $200,000 this year.

He says the jail has these contracts with 15 counties.

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  • by LOLinWASHco Location: Marietta on Jul 16, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Why would you want to let drug offenders out of jail? The jail holds 124 inmates. And if I'm not mistaken, drugs usually lead to more vicious crimes. mov, that is one ignorant posting.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    MOV - I prefer druggies stay in jail. Druggies steal. Druggies drive vehicles. Druggies get other people hooked on drugs.
  • by Michelle Location: Marietta on Jul 15, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    Hey mov all you have to do is go to www.washingtoncountysheriff.org and you will see we have the same thing here. Just about every other name on the inmate list has a drug charge.
  • by citizen Location: marietta on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    The sad part is many of the officers and administrators should be sitting right beside the other inmates.It is sad if you wear a badge you think you are above the law,however one day it will come back to haunt them.Not saying the ones in there dont deserve to be there.But there are many that should be enforcing the law are breaking it.drinking and driving,illegal poker games,and drugs. They know who I am talking about.
  • by mov Location: mov on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    How about letting all the inmates that are in there on drug charges out? I know 65% of west virginia's inmates are locked up on drug charges. It's a waste of space that could and should be filled with some more hardcore criminals. I can only imagine how many in washington county alone are locked up for drugs.
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