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Legislators pursue jail overcrowding plan

from WNYF-TV

For years, the Jefferson County, New York, jail has been overcrowded, but county legislator Scott Gray says there's a plan to fix that by turning a recreation area into a dorm for inmates. "They have basically signed off on it at this point, as giving us the green light to proceed with the project," he said. The county sends inmates out to other jails, sometimes 40 or more at a time. Converting the dormitory would create 36 new beds for inmates and cost around $100,000. Gray says this plan is millions less than the alternative. more

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