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State inmates lead to jail overcrowding
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A new state prison in nearby Bledsoe County will likely only put a dent in the backlog of local inmates who should already be serving their time in a state penitentiary, not Warren County Jail.“It would be a real blessing if they could take some inmates off our hands,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny of the new state prison in Bledsoe County which is slated to open soon. “We don’t have a huge amount of staff here so anytime we have a high population it’s tough on both the staff and the inmates, meaning more incidents, more fights and things of that nature.”The Bledsoe County Correctional Complex near Pikeville will have a capacity of 1,540 inmates. However, all of those beds are already claimed as it is estimated there are 5,000 inmates being housed in county jails who should be behind bars at a state penitentiary.At Warren County Jail, Sheriff Matheny reports there are 94 inmates who should be in a state penitentiary.