In recent years, Tompkins County has avoided boarding out too many inmates because of a variance allowing extra beds at the Tompkins County Jail. However, that variance is ending soon — much sooner than officials would like.
The New York State Commission of Correction consented to a final three-month variance extension Tuesday. It expires after Dec. 31. Reducing the population of the Tompkins County Jail has been a priority for the past year, but it will take more time, maybe years, for initiatives to have an impact on the daily census of the jail.