Pickens County jail built for 91 inmates has 200 prisoners

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — An inmate injured last month in a fight at the Pickens County jail is suing the county saying he wouldn’t have been hurt in the jail wasn’t so crowded.

The Greenville News reports that the jail has about 200 prisoners in a facility designed to hold 91 inmates.

Building a new jail with more room would cost around $25 million, likely requiring a tax increase County Council does not appear ready to pass.

Federal experts warned the jail in late 2014 that that overcrowding was increasing inmate stress and a problem was waiting to happen.

Authorities say a fight on April 22 sent two inmates including the one who sued to the hospital. Eight prisoners were charged with assault.

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