Even so, the county isn't looking to rid itself of all state inmates. Instead, it wants a requirement that DOC inmates are sent packing once they're judged and sentenced. The jail regularly houses state inmates “for weeks and months” after that has occurred, Glanz says.
DOC counters that moving them out right away isn't easy, in part because the prisons are near capacity but also because the available beds must match the security level of the incoming inmate. Albin says the sheriff's office is simply trying to keep the jail population manageable, to better serve the inmates and jail employees. “DOC overcrowding is not our problem,” he said.
Most at the Legislature feel the exact same way. Until this changes, which is highly unlikely any time soon, nothing else will.