Kootenai County Jail population hits record high

Kootenai County Jail population hits record high
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Over the weekend, the Kootenai County Jail reached record levels of people in custody.

As of 5 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, the Kootenai County Jail had 459 people in custody. Approximately 75 percent of that population were felony bookings, and 25 percent were misdemeanors.

The jail is currently designed to house 327 inmates, with an expansion underway to raise the number of available beds by 125. The expansion will also leave unfinished space that will allow for another 108 beds to be built, which means the jail could potentially have 560 beds available.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. If present booking numbers remain consistent, the jail will be full the day the construction is completed. The jail will then have to decide whether they want to complete the 108 remaining beds and/or continue to house inmates in other jails in Idaho and Washington.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is working with the County Human Resources Department to hire detention deputies to staff the expansion. If you are interested in a career as a detention deputy, you are asked to contact the Recruitment Team at KSCOrecruit@kc.gov.us.