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Expansion planned for Wood County jail

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to deal with the jail overcrowding issues the Wood County Justice Center has faced for years, so the facility is preparing for an expansion.

When all 150 beds inside the jail are full, buses are loaded with inmates who have to be transported to neighboring county jails. Over the years, that cost has become a problem.

"We've been spending well over $100,000 a year to house inmates in other counties because we run out of bed space," explained Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

Many times, there hasn't been enough space to house the overflow of inmates in other jails, either.

"We have had times where our jail has been full and I've called other sheriff's and they don't have any bed space," Wasylyshyn said. "Especially female bed space, that's been very difficult to get."

So the jail is adding 75 new beds. They will be inside the old work industries building, right next to the jail. Using the currently empty space will be cheaper than building new.

"It's almost a 50 percent increase in the size of our jail, which should help us for quite a few years," the sheriff said.

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