Onondaga County is facing some major decisions about what to do with its crowded correctional facilities.
On any given day, Onondaga County’s Justice Center and the Janesville Penitentiary are at, or close to, capacity, according to county Sheriff Gene Conway. There are about 700 inmates on any given day in Onondaga County’s jails.
It’s a situation created in part, by the shutdown of mental health facilities across New York state in recent years. That ends up often pushing mentally ill individuals into the criminal justice system, because there is nowhere else to go.