Jail nearing capacity at start of new year
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Jail may be an end of night destination for those who drive after a New Year's Eve filled with drinking.
Chief Jailer Warren Brewer said, "we've had very relaxing New Year's Eves and we've had some that would make you think it's a scene out of a disaster film."
When it comes to people who are arrested for drinking and driving, "the majority will post bond, so they will stay in holding and won't even make it back to the jail. Most of them will bond out in the 1st 24 hours," said Brewer.
The jail has five holding cells, all of which are currently empty, but can hold three people said Detective Tom O'Sullivan.
However, the rest of the jail is fuller than normal. The Boone County Jail's maximum capacity is 210 inmates, but it tries to keep daily operational capacity at 182-185 inmates.
This New Year's Eve, 191 inmates are already in the jail and Captain Jenny Atwell said the jail is short staffed with 9 staff members working tonight.
If it is a busy New Year's Eve for the Boone County Sheriff's Department, this means the jail could have nearly 20 more people than its comfortable operating with.
Brewer said, "we may arrest 20 people, but our count does not increase by that much because they stay in holding cells and never make it back to the jail."
Detective Tom O'Sullivan said even with a potential influx of inmates, the jail will operate as usual and he does not anticipate any problems.
"I don't think we're anticipating anything more than a usual night. I mean you know we deal with Friday and Saturday nights around the year and you know this is like another Friday night or Saturday night," said O'Sullivan.