Hays county commissioners are monitoring inmate population data for the Hays County Law Enforcement Center to make sure it stays at capacity level in the future.
Captain Mark Cumberland of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said the Hays County Jail has a capacity of 362 inmates, but jail standards require 10 percent, roughly 35 of the beds, to remain open.
According to Hays County Commissioners Court minutes, the peak population was 323 inmates for the week of July 14 through July 20. The jail had a weekly average of 313, which is 87 percent capacity. The following week saw an increase with a weekly peak and average of 328 inmates. However, the census taken on Aug.13 showed the jail had a decreased population of 285 inmates, or 78 percent capacity.
Cumberland gave a short update on inmate population to county commissioners July 23. The inmate population total is a standing agenda item revisited every week in order to better monitor changes in the numbers.
In the meeting, Bert Cobb, Hays County judge, said the commissioners will continue to look at these numbers on a week-to-week basis to better understand what further steps need to be taken.
“There have been many times that we were over the standard in the jail,” Cobb said. “With these numbers, we can stay on top of it and hopefully find a solution to this problem.”