Church Group Holds Jail Overcrowding Meeting

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Nearly 60 people met Thursday night at a local church to discuss overcrowding at the Winnebago County Jail. The jail can house just over 1,300 inmates and right now 986 beds are full.

Religious leaders are urging people to volunteer their time at the jail to teach inmates skills and minister to them. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers, Former Chief Judge Janet Holmgren and Former Candidate for State's Attorney David Gill all showed up to answer questions about the jail and funding for programs housed inside the jail.

In March, staff at the jail started meeting with court officials to talk about the inmate population and figure out which cases were taking too long to move through the legal system. Those meetings are ongoing and the daily population has been steady at about a thousand for months.

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