Meade County Jail seeing lower inmate numbers in 2020

MEADE COUNTY, S.D. — The number of inmates in the Meade County Jail is down from previous years.

The Sheriff’s Office says it can be attributed to the number of inmates getting out on bond.

The jail can hold about 90 inmates, it normally houses between 40 and 50, but right now has only 25.

Sgt. Caleb Deyo, Meade County Sheriff’s Office, said “I think we’re seeing those numbers dip because the judges are more likely to issue bonds; pr bonds, signature bonds as well as a low amount of monetary bonds to keep the people in the jails clear, just to avoid any COVID related incidences.”

Deyo expects the numbers to increase again once COVID-19 cases taper off.

He also says court dates are being pushed back until the pandemic subsidies.

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