Howard County Jail Looking for Relief from Higher Prisoner Numbers

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Howard County officials are hoping some relief is on the way after a prisoner backlog across the state has left their jail almost full.

This week, Howard County Commissioners heard more from the Sheriff about the problem, which has now been going on for several months.

The jail holds 96 beds, but recently, the number of inmates has been in the 80's.

Sheriff Stan Parker says state prisons have been backed up forcing them to hold dozens of inmates for more than a month.

"It's frustrating for us because these people are sentenced, ready to go to jail, and you can't get them out of your jail, because they can't except them. But I understand it's not their fault they have this problem, because they're doing their job, just like we're doing ours," Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker, said.

Local officials are hoping the back up in the Texas prison system is solved.
But Sheriff Parker says right now, that's not likely, and for now he says they're having to make adjustments.