- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A preliminary study has concluded that the perpetually overcrowded Lucas County Jail in downtown Toledo is not worth saving and a new facility is needed.

The study by California-based DLR Group says the jail often needs repairs which make remodeling and expanding it impractical.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp told The Blade for a story Thursday (https://bit.ly/1gCVopi ) the jail is “inhumane.”

The jail, built in 1977, reaches capacity at 342 inmates but on average holds more than 425 prisoners.

Tharp says it’s common to see inmates on cots outside their cells.

The study says the current need is for 526 beds but says Lucas County commissioners should consider funding and space for up to 624 beds with the ability to expand if necessary.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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