LORAIN — The city jail will change its holding hours for inmates in September, according to police Lt. Mike Failing.
As of Saturday, the jail will hold inmates for 12 hours instead of 12 days. After 12 hours, the prisoners will be sent to Lorain County Jail. The change came from a need to save money from the operation costs to meet state standards.
The Ohio Revised Code restricts full-service jails from operating without meeting specific standards for its inmates and the facility. One of those standards that posed a problem for the city was keeping medical personnel on call.
The provisions required all levels of health care, mental health and dental care to be available on a timely basis.
The jail can’t afford to hold inmates that long, Failing said, mainly because they can’t afford to have medical professionals on call for that long of a time period.
Failing said the change of holding time wouldn’t matter much to the overall operations because suspects usually aren’t held there that long. After an initial court appearance, the inmate generally posts bond or is transferred to the county jail.
“Usually if someone’s arrested that night, it’s usually in those 12 hours they go to court,” he said.