The present jail used by Owyhee County was designed and built to incarcerate 8 inmates and the population of the Owyhee County Jail has exceeded 8 persons. The holding of more than 8 persons overnight in the Owyhee County Jail increases the possibility of civil disorder in the jail with resultant injury to inmates and/or staff. The County cannot take unilateral action to relieve the overcrowded condition but the Owyhee County Jail can operate, for a limited time, at a maximum population of 8 inmates.
Therefore, be it ordered that the Owyhee County Sheriff shall reduce the population of the Owyhee County Jail to a maximum of 8 inmates at 6:00 p.m. each day. If the population of the Jail is in excess of 8 at 6:00 p.m., the following standards will be regarded to reduce the population:
A. The Sheriff will complete and update personal information for each inmate in custody to determine each individual's ranking based on:
B. Prior to any release, each inmate will sign an agreement whereby they agree to rules that limit their activity to work, church, school, and home. They will be allowed to attend family events, travel for care of family welfare, and other legitimate activity on a case by case basis with the approval of the Sheriff.
C. Released inmates will agree to contact the Sheriff on a regular basis as directed.
D. Released inmates will agree to return to the Owyhee County Jail to be held in compliance with any Court Order that is in effect at the time of the required return, if room becomes available.
E. Any violation of the agreement or any criminal activity will subject the inmate to immediate return to the Owyhee County Jail. A level of probable cause will be sufficient to return the inmate.
Dated this 6th day of May, 1991.
Signed by Jim R. Doolittle, Administrative District Judge
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