CINCINNATI (AP) - Hundreds of Ohio jail inmates are heading home to the county that includes Cincinnati as a deal to house them in a neighboring county comes to an end.
By year end, Hamilton County will end a 6 million-dollar-a-year contract to put up at least 300 inmates a day in next-door Butler County.
Sheriff Simon Leis (lees) says inmate numbers in Hamilton County's four jails tend to drop during the holidays, so there are enough empty beds. But he says overcrowding will become a problem again.
State lawmakers may consider allowing Hamilton County to house overflow inmates in Kentucky jails.
Voters have twice defeated proposed sales tax increases to fund a new Hamilton County jail and keep the Butler deal in place in the meantime.