Adams County commission to pass resolution limiting municipal inmates

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - Adams County commissioners plan to vote on a resolution Monday that endorses the 3-year-old practice at the county jail to accept a maximum of 30 inmates at any given time from nine local municipalities.

That limited number already is the subject of a lawsuit filed last Wednesday by the cities of Aurora, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton.

The cities claim the number is arbitrary and opens the door for offenders to go free for lack of a cell. Sheriff Doug Darr said the jail is too crowded.

County spokesman Jim Siedlecki called the current practice a "soft cap" with too much flexibility, but the resolution would make it a stricter practice. He would not say whether the resolution is a legal maneuver to strengthen the sheriff's cap.

While the move makes it appear county commissioners are doubling down on the limit, their statement Sunday night urged conciliation.

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