WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Renovations are complete at the Warren County Jail. The upgrades will increase the facility's capacity and save taxpayers money.
The occupancy of the jail will move from 197 inmates to 280 inmates. The extra capacity will eliminate the county transporting prisoners to the Butler County Jail.
"It's literally going to save us $800,000 to $900,000 per year, by doing the same thing and keeping the streets of Warren County just as safe as they were before," said Dave Young, Warren County Commissioner.
The county has doubled the occupancy of each jail cell, adding double bunks.
"We had to have doors removed in order to be in compliance with the state of Ohio by putting in a second bunk," said Sheriff Larry Sims.
There will be more inmates to keep an eye on in each housing unit of the jail, so there have been upgrades made to security, including hiring five additional correctional officers and building a new surveillance room.
"We are actually going to have two correctional officers in each of these housing units at any one given time to give them an extra level of protection," said Sims.
The total renovations cost the county $150,000, an amount much less than what will be saved in the long run.
"This is something to look forward to because we are saving a lot of money," said Young. "It's a great day in Warren County."