Jefferson County Jail Sees Positive Trend

Jefferson County Jail Sees Positive Trend

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Jefferson County's jail is taking inmates from St. Lawrence County since the jail in Canton is full after the big drug bust, Operation Gravy Train.

That's part of a larger story for Jefferson County as it sees a favorable trend.

For the first time in many years, the jail is seeing more revenue because it's able to house more inmates from other county jails.

It's this trend that officials like.

Since January, for 5 consecutive months, the Jefferson County Jail has made $52,500 by housing inmates from outside the county. That hasn't happened in a long time.

"You'll never make money on a jail and I've heard that out there, but when you can mitigate costs and use your assets to the best of your ability, it's good business and it's great for the taxpayer," said Jefferson County District 3 Legislator Phil Reed.

"With the recent opioid epidemics that we're seeing, I don't see the trend of a lot of available space continuing, but we're enjoying it while we can," said Lt. Christopher Spencer of the Jefferson County Jail.

The jail added space by building what's called a pod two years ago.

Another factor, Reed says New York state is removing its prisoners from the county jail at a faster pace now, making room for county inmates.

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