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Howard County Jail Population Surges
Updated July 24, 2016 3:59 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(KOKOMO) - The Howard County jail has seen a population increase of nearly 100 more inmates from this time last year, 40 of whom are the result of legislation meant to ease the Indiana Department of Correction's burden.

The Kokomo Tribune reports that with an average of more than 390 inmates in June, the jail reached its highest monthly average since it started recording figures in mid-2007.

The legislation approved two years ago shifted low-level and nonviolent offenders to county jails.

Before 2016, the jail only once reached 400 inmates on a daily count. Jail records show that has occurred 10 times in the last two months.

The consequences of such growth include expanded responsibilities for corrections officers and increased operational costs for things like medical treatment and meals.

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