There were 20 more admissions into the Carroll County Jail in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a recently released report.
But the number of felony charges increased by 72 and misdemeanor charges dropped by 59, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said in the report.
The average daily population also went up with 43 in 2016 compared to 36 in 2015. Both of those averages are over the 34 at which the jail is considered overcrowded by state jail standards.
Leazenby said that tells him one thing about the overcrowding situation: The problem is not going away.
“Unfortunately society, even in a small setting like ours, I just don’t foresee society is going to change,” he said, adding that is a “glass-half-empty” perspective. “I think we can bring all the programs on we want, the environment some of these folks are returning to when they’re released, they go back to the same friends and environment and the cycle starts over again, so to speak.”
“We have some new individuals every year in our facility, but it’s kind of the same old, same old,” he added. “Now, the cup-half-full attitude is, with community corrections coming on, I have cautious optimism that it will provide us some relief, but it’s not going to be the entire fix.”
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