Oxford County commissioners
by Monica Jenkins, Staff Writer Sun Journal Sept. 30, 2015
PARIS — Under threat of having approximately 29 inmates returned to Oxford County Jail next week, Oxford County commissioners voted Tuesday to pay approximately $138,000 to the Cumberland County Jail to continue housing them.
The decision is a temporary fix to a long-term housing problem, according to Oxford County Jail Administrator Capt. Edward Quinn.
County Administrator Scott Cole said the jail doesn't have room for all its inmates. Since the jail was built in 1979, the county has worked with Cumberland County to handle the overflow.
“The ideal capacity of the jail is 21, the practical capacity is 27 and the ultimate capacity is 48. The number of inmates at any time can be 60 or 70,” Cole said.
Twenty-nine Oxford County inmates were due to return to the Paris jail on Friday, Oct. 9.
In addition to not having the space to house all county inmates, Cole said the jail also faces the issue of not having the resources for housing longer-term prisoners.
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