DOC orders Beltrami County Jail to reduce inmate capacity following suicide attempt
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Corrections is ordering a county jail to hold fewer inmates because there's not enough staff to keep everyone safe.
The DOC says it all started with an attempted suicide last week at the Beltrami County Jail. There was a complaint about delayed medical care, and when the state investigated, it discovered the jail wasn't meeting minimum staffing levels.
The jail now has to cut down its capacity by Wednesday. It had been operating at 118 beds with a maximum capacity of 132, but the number dropped to 72 bed capacity with 80 beds maximum.
Monday was the deadline to submit a plan about how it will make that change. Beltrami County Sheriff Jason Riggs said the office met with the DOC on Monday and were in compliance.
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