Jail population steadily rising in McLennan County

POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 2:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 8:21pm

New leadership is creating a domino effect in the McLennan County Criminal Justice System, landing more people behind bars.

However, with more criminals off the street, officials are finding themselves dealing with another problem, jail overcrowding. The sheriff's office says more prosecuting, investigating, and capturing of convicts is creating the issue. But, authorities aren't issuing any apologies for "doing what they feel the people want".

"It is a problem on one hand, and it is a solution on another. When you have a crime, people need to be put in jail for crimes. They need to answer for what they've done," said Chief Deputy Sheriff Matt Cawthorn.

Cawthorn says he’s noticed a large increase in convicts in the last year or so. Texas law requires a certain standard for jails, he says, and that includes balancing the number of criminals in custody.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Department hopes trimming, cutting, and otherwise adjusting their budget may help fix the problem and save tax payers money.

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