The county is squeezing more bunk beds and plastic cots into open space at the county jail as more inmates come in.
The Johnson County jail has 322 beds, but for more than a month the number of inmates has stayed above that number. The crowding has put a strain on the system, with the chances of fights greater and costs of food, supplies and staff rising, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
This summer, 18 beds were added to the men’s section of the jail. The addition gave more inmates places to sleep but has not been enough when the population rises as high as 343 inmates, Cox said. The rest sleep in plastic portable beds that are usually used by inmates who might fall off top bunks.