Remember our story Inmates Sleeping On The Floor At The Sangamon County Jail!?
Today we are doing a little follow-up on that story. As of today the Sangamon County Jail is housing around 350 people currently, when the Illinois Department of Corrections only rates it for 314, and there is only around 295 beds even in the jail.
As you can see over the last 10 years the Jails average yearly population started to drop but is now spiking back upwards. The Jail only 2 times in the last 10 years on average was below its rated capacity, It was never below its actual bed count.
We reached out the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office asking for plans for jail expansion and they stated there are no current or future plans for expansion. With the Sheriffs office receiving around $19,000,000.00 of our tax dollars a year to fund its office lets find a way to stop violating inmates rights and save some money. Maybe the staff shouldn’t be eating shrimp for free?