CLEVELAND — During a hearing with the Cuyahoga County Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, Chief of Staff Bill Mason confirmed that the Euclid Jail closed effectively on Jan.31.
Mason told the committee that there is no anticipation of using the facility moving forward.
Cuyahoga County says Euclid #jail closed effective January 31st. Chief of staff tells county council there is no anticipation of using facility moving forward. Inmates now booked directly into downtown jail. @WEWS #WEWS pic.twitter.com/Wqvs9v0eJs— Scott Noll (@ScottNoll_News) February 18, 2020
Inmates will now be directly booked into the already overcrowded downtown jail.
In July 2019, talks surfaced surrounding the closure of the Euclid Jail. The city of Euclid had nine months left on the lease, which was set to expire on March 31, 2020.
In the past, the U.S. Marshals housed a number of federal inmates there, but as of late 2019, authorities were in the final stages of transferring those inmates out because of the ongoing issues surrounding the jail.
.@CuyahogaCounty Council hears decision on whether to replace downtown #jail could come in June. Committee chairman calls 4-5 year prediction to build a new jail unacceptable. “I don’t have time. People are dying.” @WEWS #WEWS pic.twitter.com/WHF1w1cKHd— Scott Noll (@ScottNoll_News) February 18, 2020
Mason told the committee on Tuesday that he believes a new justice center could be done closer to three years.