Federal inmates are moving out of the Nueces County jail after state inspectors found inmates were staying in holding cells far too long.
Sheriff Jim Kaelin requested the federal inmates be moved to open up beds for general population inmates, but the county stands to lose funding if the federal inmates move.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Nueces County faces the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars after the county jail was found to be in non-compliance by the State Commission on Jails and Standards.
Sheriff Jim Kaelin says it all comes back to jail overcrowding.
State jail inspectors found the jail to be in non-compliance because inmates were being kept in holding cells far too long, more than 48-hours.
Sheriff Kaelin says there was nowhere else for them to go. So after the inspection, he requested that federal inmates be moved out to open up 24 beds for general population inmates.
However, the county gets funding for each federal inmate in the jail and stands to lose up to $450,000 dollars a year if those two dozen inmates get moved.
Nonetheless, Sheriff Kaelin says the move is necessary because, with the jail currently at overcapacity, there are safety issues.
"Our population numbers have not gone down. The numbers are coming in," Sheriff Kaelin said. "As of today we had 100 people in holding, and we had almost 1,000 bodies in beds. Now if you add the numbers together, that gives you over 102 percent of our jail population. And that's not good. But with all the tools that we've been using and working with, we're just about out of tools."
County Judge Lloyd Neal tells KRIS 6 News the count is working with the U.S. Marshals Service and trying to find a way to house federal inmates still.
However, as of tonight, only six federal inmates are still at the jail, and they will soon be moving.