Muskingum county sheriff Bob Stephenson is dealing with an overcrowding problem at the county jail. It's costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. Many counties in the area have had to deal with the high price tag associated with the problem. Due to an increase in crime, the Muskingum county jail, which has the capacity to hold 180 inmates, has had an average of 225 inmates for the past four months. To deal with the overcrowding, inmates have been housed at facilities in other counties. So far that has cost the county 86-thousand dollars. Since there will not be any relief from the overcrowding anytime soon and the county cannot afford to continue to pay the high price, the Sheriff and the County Commissioners are looking for alternatives. One of the solutions includes the purchasing of electronic control devices, which the inmates would wear
that will allow the deputies to put some inmates under house arrest.