11/6/15 – 5:02 A.M.
Budget hearings began this week in Hancock County. On Thursday, the commissioners heard from Sheriff Mike Heldman about the needs of the county jail. The Courier reports Heldman told the commissioners he needs more jailers, as well as dispatchers and a detective.
When it comes to the jail, Heldman says he needs more personnel because of the growing heroin problem. Roughly 80 to 85 percent of the inmates brought in have strict supervision requirements because they are in withdraw from drugs and alcohol.
There’s also the issue of the number of inmates. The jail has 98 beds, but the average daily population is 101. The count was as high as 122 in July. Jail administrator Ryan Kidwell says the increasing demand on staff is leading to burnout and increased sick time.
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