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Wood Co. sheriff wants to expand jail

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Overcrowding at the Wood County Jail is a problem the sheriff says needs to be fixed. Now a solution is in the works.

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

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

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

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

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

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