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Cayuga County jail inmate population on the rise, Sheriff cites several factors

The inmate population at the Cayuga County Jail has been on the rise this summer.

Boarding federal prisoners brings the county revenue

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck says the inmate population was 160 as of early this month. He says there are a few factors driving the increase.

Many county jails in the Finger Lakes board federal inmates. They are paid by the federal government to do so, bringing in revenue for the counties.

The jail recently returned to in-person visitation for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The jail can hold 219 inmates. It is run by a staff of about a hundred, including custody officers, administrators, nurses, and a cook.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck below.

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