The Christian County Sheriff’s Office was allotted funds to search for an architect and engineer for repairs and a possible expansion at Tuesday night’s county board meeting. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the work to the current facility is long overdue.
Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. He says the facility is aging.
The facility was originally built to hold 15 inmates. With remodeling, the jail can currently hold 55 inmates. Now though, the average daily inmate count sits around 59 people.
Kettelkamp says part of the reason the jail is overcrowded is because they house federal prisoners. He says expanding the jail is a better option because housing prisoners actually makes money for his department and the county.
Kettelkamp says counties like Sangamon and Macon are having to turn away federal prisoners because of overcrowding as well, and Christian County is getting asked more often to hold these inmates.