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Cleveland reviews Cuyahoga County Jail inmate procedures

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Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 8:59 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The City of Cleveland has conducted a review of inmates held in the Cuyahoga County Jail, on Cleveland Division of Police-related charges, beyond the release date.

The review shows that a total of 143 inmates were held beyond their release dates, according to a press release from the city.

“No one should be held one minute longer than necessary. It’s not acceptable. The City is working with Cuyahoga County to make sure that this issue is resolved,” said Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb. The City is asking that the Cuyahoga County Jail administration conduct an audit of jail policies and procedures and add layers of safeguards and accountability measures to ensure inmates are released in a timely manner.

Cuyahoga County released a statement to 19 News regarding the city’s request for the audit.

The process of releasing an inmate from the jail involves the courts, municipal jails, law enforcement agencies, and other justice system partners. Inmates cannot be released until all necessary authorizations are received and confirmed by required parties.

The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center has gone to great lengths to bolster every release process to ensure that inmates are not released without having served the correct sentence or having the correct authorizations.  We work closely with the city of Cleveland and other stakeholders to review our releases and improve processes to increase our efficiency. We will continue to do so.

Our current staffing levels have had an effect on the timeliness of virtually everything we are required to do in the jail.  We are in the process of vetting and hiring additional staff so that 24/7 operations will become more effective.

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