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County jails swap inmates

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

The women in the York County Jail will soon be moving over to Polk County.

"We're averaging maybe 4 or 5, maybe 6 females anymore and when we have a female we need to have a female correctional staff on duty at that time," York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff said.

Right now, the York County Jail does have guards who are women, but there are times when it's an all male staff.

"I've got 16 hours a week that I'm not staffed with a female," Radcliff said.

 With the lack of female guards, the York County Jail is non–compliant which means if they don't get this fixed, they run the risk of shutting down.

The problem is, an extra female guard costs money the county doesn't have. That's why Radcliff is making a deal with the Polk County Sheriff, send the York female inmates to Polk, and in return, York will hold the Polk males.

"If he has some males he's holding, we'll hold them for him for basically whatever the cost he would hold our females for," Radcliff said.

This would save tax payers money and give York County some time to  hire another female guard.

"We're going to look at all kinds of different proposals, see what we come out with," Radcliff said.

The York and Polk County sheriffs are set to meet sometime early next week to put together a plan. York County won't be able to hire another female guard until their new budget kicks in July 1.

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