Crime is on the rise, and it’s causing some expensive problems for the Muskingum County Jail. For the past three weeks, Sheriff Bob Stephenson has been forced to house inmates in the Licking and Noble County facilities due to overcrowding. “In the past three weeks there’s been $10,000-$12,000 spent housing inmates in other county jails,” Sheriff Stephenson said Wednesday. Stephenson adds his jail currently is holding 151 males and 33 females, which means that 14 inmates remain in the Noble County Jail. The sheriff cites the county’s work release program as a possible option.