Judge Brent Robinson Discusses Richland County Jail Capacity

  • 5/16/2019 2:47:11 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - After reports surfaced of overcrowding at the Richland County Jail Facility, officials assured the public that they are doing everything they can to find a solution.

"We already talked to judges about this," said Major Joe Masi, Chief Deputy of the Richland County Sheriff's Office. Masi confirmed that the jail was currently suffering capacity issues. "They're trying to resolve as many cases as they can through the criminal justice process. Part of the problem is that we didn't have a judge from September through December of 2018, which backed up the system. Nothing was getting processed. Judge Naumoff and Judge Robinson have worked diligently to try and reduce the population."

According to officials at the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Richland County Jail facility is able to accommodate up to 234 inmates. However, the jail is currently over capacity and is housing around 297 inmates, a difference of 63 people.

Judge Brent Robinson spoke about the number of cases he and Judge Phil Naumoff deal with every day, and how the caseload affects the inmate population at the jail.

"It's difficult, because we have a lot of indictments in Richland County," Robinson said. "One of our jobs is to try to go through that list and make sure we're letting people out so our numbers stay down, but knowing that the next month is going to come and there's going to be a whole bunch of new indictments. Part of it is trying to resolve cases, so I myself and Judge Naumoff resolve a lot of cases. People change their plea, people get put on probation, people get sent to prison, but you always know that the next month, there's going to be more cases."

Robinson also talked about the difficulty in resolving each case in an orderly fashion while doing what's best for the area and its citizens.

"There are two considerations with any kind of bond," said Judge Robinson. "One consideration is: Are they going to be a danger to themselves or others? That's a big concern for myself and Judge Naumoff and for municipal court judges... The other concern is: Will they appear? Will they show up for their trial? If the charges are serious, there's an incentive not to show up. The difficulty is, we have to let somebody out. Who? In trying to let someone out who isn't going to, number one, hurt somebody - and number two, we don't want to have to chase them if they go leave the state, leave the jurisdiction, sometimes leave the country. So those are the two considerations."

Richland County officials are reportedly seeking other solutions to the overpopulation problem.

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