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The city of Springfield has filed a lawsuit seeking compliance from Greene County to accept municipal inmates at the county jail.

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Greene County Sheriff's Office

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says he will begin accepting municipal prisoners again into the county jail, noting the recent completion of a renovation project to free up space.

Arnott’s announcement Wednesday morning comes more than three months after he stopped accepting municipal inmates at the jail. The move was to deal with the facility’s overcrowding situation.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the controversial policy was lifted.

Over the past month, a remodeling effort costing $309,000 was performed to provide the space available to accommodate 601 inmates.

Overcrowding at the Greene County Jail has been a problem for a long time.  And recently, because of that problem, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott stopped accepting municipal inmates at the jail.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky looks at the impact of that decision.

April 3rd at 5 pm, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott stopped accepting municipal inmates from cities across the county at the Greene County Jail.

Greene County Jail Sets Record for Inmate Population

Dec 3, 2013
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As of Monday morning, Greene County says it had reached yet another daily record of 707 inmates in the county jail.

Tim Smith is the administrator for Greene County.

“It looks to us like our population is increasing and the number of people committing crimes is increasing,” Smith said.

The Greene County jail was completed in 2001 and was designed to hold up to 500 inmates. Since 2010, the jail has had a population at capacity and it’s been on the rise ever since.

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Upon finalizing the 2014 budget Friday, Greene County officials say they’ve managed to avoid cutting nearly 20 jobs that were originally on the chopping block. However, eight will be eliminated as part of $1.1 million in budget reductions.  KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch says they were able to preserve some essential positions by moving them into other areas, including the recent law enforcement sales tax fund.