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Revenues at Essex County Jail down

Politi fearful of $500K shortfall

The Essex County Jail facility.

The Essex County Jail facility. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Inmates from other counties averaged 6.5 in January 2011, with a high of 8. In 2012, that number dropped to 2.9, with a high of 5, along with a period where there were no out of county inmates housed.

North Elba Supervisor and County Board Vice-Chairman Roby Politi said he was concerned about where these numbers may lead.

“If things continue, you will have a deficit of over $500,000 in revenue,” Politi said. “If you are down over $500,000 in revenue this year, that is a huge hit. What are your plans?”

“We are talking to Putnam County,” Cutting said. “We had discussions with them last week concerning some of their overflow inmates, but Rensselaer County just opened up a huge addition and they are a lot more central than we are.”

Cutting said again that he was also trying to work with federal marshalls as well as other counties.

Cutting also said that the jail is being filled with more in-county inmates. While federal and other inmate numbers have gone down drastically between 2011 and 2012, total inmate count has gone up, from an average of 70.5 in 2011 (80 high, 62 low) to 72.6 in 2012 (79 high, 66 low).

“Our own numbers are increasing and the more the Essex County inmates increase, the less room there are for boarders,” Cutting said.

Politi said his biggest concern was if the trend of the first month of the year continued throughout 2012.

“What was budgeted for 2012 in terms of revenue for the Jail,” Politi said. “I mean, we are going to be down over $500,000 if this keeps up.”

“It is early in the year but it is conceivable,” Cutting replied.

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