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Study: Durham Prison Population May Double

Posted August 6, 2007

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— Durham's inmate population could nearly double by 2030, straining existing prison facilities, according to a recent study.

Housing that population would require a significant expansion, according to a study presented to the Durham County Board of County Commissioners Monday.

The county jail will need more than 600 additional beds, and that expansion would cost more than $60 million, the study estimated.

The Durham County jail is already overcrowded, with approximately 570 inmates on any given day.

County commissioners said they would take the study's recommendations into consideration.