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Wood Co. sheriff wants to expand jail

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Overcrowdingat the Wood County Jail is a problem the sheriff says needs to be fixed. Now asolution is in the works.

SheriffMark Wasylyshyn's current plan is to convert the building into a minimumhousing unit. Sixty beds would be added. The county would then convert thecurrent minimum housing unit into medium security.

Butthe plans won't be cheap. During a meeting last night with Wood Countycommissioners, the sheriff discussed the estimated budget. It could cost $2.5million to complete.

Hesays it's all necessary because they've run into several instances where therewas no room for female inmates at the jail or any other, and the cost of movinginmates back and forth is a waste of taxpayer money.

"It'staxpayer dollars paying to have them housed in those other counties," he said. "It'staxpayer dollars when they need to come back to meet with an attorney. It'staxpayer dollars when they get sick."

SheriffWasylyshyn says they've spent as much as half a million dollars at timeshousing inmates at different county jails, and if the Wood County Jail isexpanded, there is a potential to rent out space for other counties to houseinmates, which would bring more money into the county.

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