Sheriff Brian Schenck says that due to lessening inmate volumes at jails across New York – he’s taking proactive steps to make the best use of his facility in Cayuga County.
For his own facility, the number of inmates has held steady around 150 – and there’s uncertainty whether that could grow once courts reopen fully.
However, he’s been working with social service leaders to come up with a plan should one be necessary to reduce the overall size of the jail.
“We’re looking at potentially turning one of our 20-bed pods [at the jail] into a homeless shelter,” Sheriff Schenck told Finger Lakes News Radio. “We’re working with social services to determine feasibility.”