Judge orders Ohio sheriff to cut jail population

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Lucas County sheriff to reduce the population in the overcrowded jail in Toledo.

Court documents show Senior U.S. District Judge James Carr on Wednesday made the ruling in a lawsuit that challenged the jail’s overcrowded conditions.

Carr ordered county officials to reduce the jail population to no more than 403 by Nov. 20, and it must be down to no more than 369 by Dec. 30, including the inmates in the medical unit.

The county must submit a status report to the court on or before Dec. 15.

A consultant has told county officials that a new jail is needed at a cost of more than $142 million. The current jail was built for 342 beds but consistently houses dozens more.

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