Lafayette

Mar 20, 2013 8:52 AM by AP

Lafayette sheriff considers forming jail committee

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Sheriff Mike Neustrom said overcrowding at Lafayette's jail is under control, but that he supports forming a committee to track issues there in case things change.

The Advertiser reports Neustrom met Tuesday with police officials, judges, lawyers, even school officials to weigh the merits of starting a local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.

The sheriff said the committee's comments would factor into the center's plans for future growth.

Neustrom said complaints about jail overcrowding have been an issue before, but the center's population has been under better control in recent years.

The facility has 954 beds. As of Tuesday afternoon, its population was 857 inmates. Of them, 480 inmates were awaiting trial.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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