October 12, 2010
The State Fire Marshal sited the Reno County Jail for fire code violations, its second violation in the past month. The sheriff says the problem is that the jail isn't large enough to house all the inmates, and the county doesn't have enough money to send them out to other county jails.
The small cells can hold four inmates, each with a bunk. There are 82 beds, but on weekends, the inmate population hits upwards of 90. That means many inmates are forced to sleep on the floor, blocking the door. In case of a fire it could be deadly.
"We will try to keep under 82 inmates, but come Friday night we are going to have our jail population at about 65 inmates because of influx of what comes in over the weekend," said Sheriff Randy Henderson.
The sheriff says housing those extra inmates out of county will cost about $700,000 a year. For now, the county commission has approved the cost to ship out of county. The sheriff is waiting to hear from the fire marshal for approval of the plan.