In 2017, Lawrence County held a record number of inmates in its jail, according to KOTA News. The Lawrence County Jail can hold a maximum of 51 inmates. An average of 42 inmates were incarcerated in the jail throughout 2017, and a total of 48 were held during the month of December.
While the facility was near capacity in December 2017, the county did not need to use overflow facilities. Lawrence County Sheriff Brian Dean indicated that his office is examining whether or not 2017 was an outlier or a sign of increasing incarceration rates. Dean also indicated that he may consider seeking assistance from an outside specialist after seeking feedback from the Lawrence County Commission.
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