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Beaufort County sheriff and commissioner butt heads over jail population

Beaufort County sheriff and commissioner butt heads over jail population

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WASHINGTON, N.C. -
When it comes to the Beaufort County Jail, Sheriff Alan Jordan and County Commissioner Hood Richardson don't agree on much.
 
Earlier this week, the two had a battle of words regarding the condition of the jail. Sheriff Jordan called it "deteriorating, poorly designed and substandard."
 
He's been pushing for a new jail for more than a decade, but so far, the project is at a standstill. County commissioners did not allot any money to it this year.
 
Meanwhile, Richardson says the jail is sufficient and argues taxpayer money would be better spent on fixing the things that are broken in the current jail rather than starting from scratch.
 
Sheriff Jordan says his first priority is safety of inmates and his staff, while Richardson says a new jail would just feed Sheriff Jordan's "enormous ego."
 
jail is really "overcrowded" and if we are keeping people incarcerated longer than necessary and wasting taxpayer money doing so. 
Sheriff Jordan complains it is; Hood Richardson says it's definitely not.
- THIS morning three commissioners (including Richardson) plan to meet privately to talk about how to manage the jail's population (I think it's interesting the commissioners are not seeking input from the sheriff or anyone who actually works in the jail....)
- Richardson says the court system and the DA's office are to blame and that it's wasting money to house, feed and medicate them for so long.
REALITY CHECK: What is the population now vs maximum capacity? How does it fluctuate? How much does each inmate cost? And what is the DA's office doing about it? It would be a story of the commissioner says this, sheriff says this, so 9OYS is digging deeper to find out the truth. I could locate some records to find out population over the past few years. 
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