Riley County Jail Faces Challenges Regarding Space

Challenges in corrections are happening across the country and locally the Riley County Police Department is considering exploring a feasibility study that would look at its jail space, which in recent months has seen a spike in population.

Director Brian Peete told Riley County Commissioners Thursday, it’s not uncommon to have 110-115 inmates per day at the jail.

Doing a feasibility study would cost between an estimated $20 to $30,000, according to Peete.

The Riley County Jail accommodates 147 beds, divided into seven pods of holding cells, each designated for different levels of offenders. The movement of inmates within the facility can pose logistical challenges, especially when dealing with the pod that houses more violent offenders, requiring additional safety measures. According to Peete, these circumstances have presented recent challenges.

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