Kentucky Jail Searching To Solve Overcrowding Problem

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DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Officials in Boyle County are seeking a permanent solution to a habitually overcrowded jail.

The Advocate-Messenger ( reports Fiscal Court recently approved a proposal to allow Jailer Barry Harmon to get more information about options for outpatient drug treatment programs after hearing other measures failed to reduce the population.

The actions come after Harmon told police in July not to arrest nonviolent offenders unless they had warrants, violation of probation or certain conditions mandating it because the facility was full.

Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell said officials tried to reduce the number of inmates by releasing those who were nonviolent or low-risk offenders, but he says that process was nullified by a high recidivism rate and a deluge of warrants.

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