Mon March 25, 2013
Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept. to explain new jail policy
When Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced last week he had ended the revolving door at the Justice Center, he didn't give specifics.
Monday morning Major Charmaine McGuffey is scheduled to appear before County Commissioners to explain how the department is able to detain all male arrestees until they post bail or see a judge. Just after she was appointed, as head of the Justice Center, she said she would use technology to help deal with the jail overcrowding problem. Sheriff Neil says new people and a new sets of eyes have helped.
Jail overcrowding has been an issue for years. People charged with minor crimes have been released after a short booking process because the Justice Center can only hold 1,240 inmates. Officers complained those arrested were out on the streets before police made it back to their districts.
Here are pictures from a rare jail tour.