STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Due to compliance and financial issues, the city of Struthers will be downsizing its jail.
Beginning June 1, the jail will be converted into a temporary holding facility, according to Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker. The new facility will be used solely to house inmates for no more than six hours at a time before court appearances on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“The purpose of that is to comply with the minimum standards for prisons, and that’s what we plan on doing,” he said.
Stocker said he is continuing to review the jail to maximize its safety and efficiency, including reaching out to local police departments which utilize the jail for transporting prisoners.
The changes were made due to the recommendations of a jail consultant, who said a lack of cameras, no microphones and bad lines of sight were problems at the facility. He said the 50-year-old jail was extremely outdated and would need $70,000 in improvements in order to be in compliance as a 12-day facility.
The consultant was hired after a hanging at the Struthers City Jail last September.
“There will be a savings by doing this. It will free up officers on the road as well, and it will allow us to become more compliant and be able to make some changes to the jail, which we feel would make it safer,” Stocker said. “We could always go back to a 12-day facility, but at this time, I’m uncomfortable with housing inmates in that jail for overnight, and I believe that we should do things one step at a time.”