Old Lou. jail reopened because of overcrowding


by Brittany Gonzelez


Posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 11:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- After 18 months of being unused, the old Louisville is back open because of overcrowding.  

Metro Corrections holds nearly 1,800 inmates, but the current population is more than 2,000; which is a big problem when it comes to safety.

Metro Corrections Director, Mark Bolton, said he didn't have any other options other than to open the old jail.

"When we get to that maximum threshold here, I've got look at the lesser of two evils and make the decision to open that faculty back up," Bolton said.

Currently, the old jail is holding around 60 minimum security inmates. Bolton said the number of inmates at Metro Corrections has steadily been growing. The facility books more then 40,000 people a year.

"We knew that we were getting close over the last couple of weeks," he said.

Bolton said he has been open with the State Corrections Department about opening the old jail.

"They've already alerted us of their concerns," said Bolton. The old facility is not compliant with state correction standards. The main concern is the ventilation system if there is a fire. The location of the old jail on the fourth story also poses some concerns in case of an emergency.

In order to address safety concerns three Metro Corrections officers are working around the clock, which is costing $13,000 in unexpected overtime.

Bolton said the old jail will continue to be used until there are three days with 2,050 inmates or fewer.