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Sheriff asks for funding to help jail overcrowding issue

The current jail only has 92 beds, which Smith says isn't enough room. (Source: WECT) The current jail only has 92 beds, which Smith says isn't enough room. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER/PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The sheriff in Pender County plans to ask county commissioners Monday night for nearly $600,000.

Sheriff Carson Smith says the jail is overcrowded and he needs the money for inmate safekeeping and housing of inmates in other jails.

The current jail only has 92 beds, which Smith says isn't enough room. The sheriff explained officials were forced to start sending criminals to serve their sentence in other counties because of the overcrowding issue.

According to the documents for Monday's commissioners meeting, inmates are sent to the North Carolina Department of Corrections as well as Onslow and New Hanover Counties due to overcrowding.

While it didn't cost a lot of money in the beginning, when there were not as many inmates, the Sheriff said in the past two or three years it has started getting "really expensive."

If commissioners approve Smith's request, $100,000 will go towards the Department of Corrections; $75,000 will go towards New Hanover County; and $400,000 will go towards Onslow County.

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