The inmate population at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility has remained low throughout the pandemic, but county officials expect this may change as normalcy is restored.
“I don’t know if we’re going to continue to maintain not boarding out once everything is fired back up. I imagine we’re going to get inundated rather quickly,” Warden Ken Repsher told the Wyoming County Prison Board on Tuesday. “Of course, we’re going to try to keep it from happening, but I can’t guarantee you we’ll go back to where we were.”
The jail currently houses 39 inmates, including five females and 34 males. Inmates continue rotating through the court system, he said.
Commissioner Rick Wilbur said there’s been a slight uptick, but 39 is still a good number. At this point, he said fees for boarding out inmates in other county jails are “almost nonexistent” compared to previous times, with $11,660 spent in the first four months of 2020.
The commissioners pointed out too that inmates have been boarded elsewhere for security reasons.
“Sadly, once everybody is out and about, the crime rate is probably going to go up,” Wilbur said. “It’s been down throughout this whole thing because people have been home.”
Visitation has not resumed, mainly because the courthouse is only open by appointment.
While this isn’t definite, the commissioners have considered reopening the courthouse to the public two weeks after the Fourth of July holiday.
“It’s been so good because we have had no issues at the jail,” Commissioner Tom Henry said. “I’m glad we’re deciding to wait.”