Study: Durham Prison Population May Double
Posted August 6, 2007 8:50 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — 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.