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Lucas County Sheriff considers moving jail house

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Inmates in Lucas County awaiting trail are spread out over nine floors in the Lucas County Jail.

Sheriff John Tharp says more space is needed. He took a tour of the state prison in north Toledo on Tuesday to see if it could be a good location to move the jail.

The Lucas County Jail is conducting a feasibility study that aims to find new ways to make operations run safer, while remaining cost efficient.

Sheriff Tharp says they are still in the brain storming stage, however, the prison already has an ideal layout and a lot of what is needed to operate a jail.

"You can observe more inmates at one time," said Tharp. "[The layout] gives you a better opportunity to have direct supervision over the inmates as opposed to working in the control booth, and working wings. It opens up your visibility to more people."

The sheriff's office is also considering other option – repairing its current facility or building a new jail.

Commissioners hope to make a decision by the end of the year.

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