With the jail population increasing since 1999 in the Crow Wing County jail and the minimum security facility at the Brainerd Regional Human Services building, the county is concerned.
The Crow Wing County Board said Tuesday it supports the letter County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. sent to Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, and Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, addressing the state's proposal for short-term offenders.
Herlofsky said in the letter dated Jan. 30, "Any change in the population of our jails caused by state legislation would have an enormous burden upon Crow Wing County and other counties in our area. Jail capacity is affected not only by the number of individuals housed in our facility but also the length of stay."
Herlofsky said any change in a shift on how short-term offenders are treated that would place the burden on county government would affect the county's short- and long-term plans for jail population.
"Any action by the state in the short term would create a tremendous amount of stress on our jail populations and considerable additional costs," Herlofsky said.
The jail population at the main jail and annex has a capacity of 120 inmates. The trend of the number of days the inmates stay at the jails in the past few years is pushing the capacity.
Herlofsky said the pre-sentenced population also is continuing to rise at the annex.
The county, along with Cass, Aitkin, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties, are working together on a regional plan for a jail because of shortage of space.
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