Prisoners spend time inside the day-room of the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville on Wednesday afternoon. The jail avoids overcrowding through use of their “cop-out" program. “Every Thursday we have ‘cop-out Thursday’ and we release the non-violent offenders to try to get our number down below that 418 mark, but get prepared for the weekend.” Said St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson. “Over the weekend a lot of things happen and our population could go over that 418 mark, so we try to keep it down so we don’t get sued for people sleeping on the floor or any of the other sanitary issues.”
Prisoners spend time inside the day-room of the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville on Wednesday afternoon. The jail avoids overcrowding through use of their “cop-out" program. “Every Thursday we have ‘cop-out Thursday’ and we release the non-violent offenders to try to get our number down below that 418 mark, but get prepared for the weekend.” Said St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson. “Over the weekend a lot of things happen and our population could go over that 418 mark, so we try to keep it down so we don’t get sued for people sleeping on the floor or any of the other sanitary issues.” Zia Nizami Belleville News-Democrat
Prisoners spend time inside the day-room of the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville on Wednesday afternoon. The jail avoids overcrowding through use of their “cop-out" program. “Every Thursday we have ‘cop-out Thursday’ and we release the non-violent offenders to try to get our number down below that 418 mark, but get prepared for the weekend.” Said St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson. “Over the weekend a lot of things happen and our population could go over that 418 mark, so we try to keep it down so we don’t get sued for people sleeping on the floor or any of the other sanitary issues.” Zia Nizami Belleville News-Democrat

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