Cayuga County jail population on the rise, sheriff cites several factors

The prison population at the Cayuga County Jail increased this summer.

Boarding school for federal prisoners brings county revenue

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said the prison population was 160 at the start of the month. He says there are a few factors behind the increase.

Many county jails in the Finger Lakes house federal inmates. They are paid by the federal government to do this, which brings revenue to the counties.

The prison recently resumed in-person visits for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The prison can hold 219 inmates. It is managed by around 100 employees, including guards, administrators, nurses and a cook.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck below.

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