Jail has brief spike in number of inmates

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The number of inmates at the Faribault County Jail nearly tripled over the weekend.

However, Chief Deputy Scott Adams says the influx of new arrivals will only be temporary.

According to the jail’s roster, 11 of the 18 persons in custody were listed as “prisoner other agency.”

They (Martin County) had a power outage at their jail last night so they transferred their inmates to our facility,” he says. “The prisoners will be taken back Monday morning.”

For the brief stay, Martin County had to pay $75 a day per inmate to be housed at the Blue Earth facility.

The county jail, which has a capacity of 64, can handle 12 female prisoners and juvenile detainees as well as those with medical needs.

Adams say 50 is the most number of inmates the jail has held at any one time.

In the past, Freeborn County, the state Department of Corrections, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies have sent inmates the facility.

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