NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Commissioners ensured their county will have a place for inmates should the jail reach capacity on Monday. Commissioners approved renewal an agreement that allows inmates to be held in the Gregg County Jail.
"Our numbers were really high about a month ago, three to four weeks ago, they're still high, but when I say high high, we was in the 280 range," said Sheriff Jason Bridges.
Bridges said the inmate capacity is 292 making the jail almost 95 percent full at that time couple of weeks ago.
"So we've gotten those numbers down over the course of last two to three weeks. We're around 260, this morning we're at 270 to be exact," Bridges said.
The sheriff said that number of inmates fluctuates throughout the day pending on inmates bonding out.
But in recent years, the trend of number of inmates at the Nacogdoches County Jail has been slowly increasing.
"We've been averaging the 250- 270 range for probably the last 6 to 8 months so it hasn't been an area of concern for us. A year and half ago that number was 230-to-240 and so we've seen our numbers climb and we've seen our hold in those averages," Bridges said.
This agreement will help manage overcrowding and keep the jail in compliance.
"This is a memorandum of understanding between two agencies between Nacogdoches County and Gregg County that if our jail exceeds capacity, it lines out the circumstances terms and agrees that they will house our prisoners, our overflow," said County Judge Greg Sowell.
Bridges said housing inmates at another county costs $40 a day per prisoner and is billed to the county- not to mention transport costs along with travel for the deputies.
"So we're trying to do everything we can to keep our numbers under the 292," Bridges said.
Nacogdoches County Officials said the former agreement was 12-years-old and needed to be updated.