County Jail Has No Room For Suburban Criminals

CLEVELAND - Starting on Monday, suburban communities will have to find some place, other than the Cuyahoga County Jail, to house their criminals, 19/43 News reported.

19/43 News first told you last week that the jail is overcrowded, and it can no longer handle misdemeanor cases from the suburbs.

Prisoners are already sleeping in makeshift rooms, classrooms and kitchens.

The changes mean that suburban judges might have to hand out more sentences with house arrest or community service, or that the suburbs might have to pay other, private jails to house their prisoners.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department said that the overcrowding would probably continue until a new facility is built.