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Published February 13, 2013, 03:59 PM

Rising Inmate Population Raising Concern for Grand Forks Jail

There was a record inmate population at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center last year. Most of those are from local courts. There was a nearly 16 percent increase in the number of inmates at the Correctional Center in 2012 over the year before.

There was a record inmate population at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center last year. Most of those are from local courts. There was a nearly 16 percent increase in the number of inmates at the Correctional Center in 2012 over the year before.

Nearly 70 percent of last year's total are under county jurisdiction which administrators say is uncharacteristic and will be watched. The sheriff's department has thousands of warrants and technology is making it easier for officers to find people with outstanding warrants. In 2011 the average daily inmate population was 160 and 185 in 2012. Since the trend has been a continual increase in inmates, those numbers are expected to continue to rise, which has officials concerned. Bret Burkholder, Jail Administrator, "Our capacity is 242 operational and you typically don't want to see more than 80 percent of that just because of all the different separation issues we have to deal with so anything above 200 starts to worry me."

The jail has a capacity of 242 inmates and is currently holding between 175 and 190 per day.

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