Sheriff Schenck says they are exploring possibility of converting part of Cayuga County Jail into homeless shelter

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.”