Sheriff Helms: Cortland County Jail Set To Reopen To Inmates

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Sheriff Mark Helms this morning (June 20) announced that the State Commission of Corrections has approved all repairs inside Cortland County Jail that were required in order to reopen.

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Members of that commission toured the jail on Monday (June 17) to assess the various repairs and replacements made to the areas damaged or destroyed as a result of the major roof leak in January. On Tuesday, corrections officers began the process of returning inmates to Cortland County.


At this time, however, Sheriff Helms says there are more inmates returning to CCJ than the amount of beds the facility has available. The Maximum Facility Capacity for the jail is now 89 beds, down from the previous capacity of 93. As a result, Helms says some inmates will still need to be out-boarded for the time being.

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Sheriff Helms wants to thank everyone involved for their patience, assistance, and hard work:

“Having all the inmates housed outside of Cortland County posed several challenges to my staff. I am extremely proud of how my officers conducted themselves during this time of change. They did everything needed with expertise in a situation that none of them had ever dealt with before. It was a hard test, but everyone did a great job.”

Sheriff Helms is grateful to Sheriff David E. Harder Broome County, Sheriff Brian Schenk Cayuga County, Sheriff Robert M. Maciol Oneida County, Sheriff Gary W. Howard Tioga County and Sheriff Derek R. Osborne Tompkins County for their willingness to house our inmates and assist us over the last several months.

Sheriff Helms and his staff look forward to getting back to a somewhat normal routine. Although the much needed repairs are appreciated and will help us to make sure we’re able to continue doing the day to day operations.

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