JEFFERSON-Twenty Burke County inmates were recently transported to the Ashe County detention center following a surprise visit on July 12, from state inspectors at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility.
According to the Morganton News Herald, state inspectors showed up at that facility on July 12 and the new facility was given a notice of violation exceeding authorized maximum jail population.
Burke-Catawba had 222 inmates when the inspection occurred with 136 of those prisoners coming from Burke County, according to the newspaper.
As a result of the overcrowding, Burke County officials last week transported 15 inmates to Transylvania County on Wednesday and 20 inmates to the Ashe County Jail.
Since the jail’s opening in 2010, the sheriff’s office and county budget have benefited from housing inmates from outside the county. Each inmate brought in from another county is worth $40 per inmate, per day according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams. In this instance, the Burke County inmates generate $800 per day for the ACSO.
By offsetting the department’s expenses, Williams said his office and jail move closert to being self-sustaining.
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