Reno County jail cited by fire officials

HUTCHINSON — The Reno County Sheriff's Office said it will start sending some inmates to other facilities to ease overcrowding, which caused the jail to be cited by the state fire marshal.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said today in a news release that the jail has been overbooked on some weekends, leading inmates to sleep on the floor.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal cited Reno County authorities in a recent inspection, saying blankets and pillows on the floors could be a problem in case of an emergency evacuation.

Reno County has until Oct. 22 to correct the violations. The jail has room for 82 beds, according to Henderson.

He said the jail will move an additional 15 inmates on weekends, which would give the jail the flexibility to handle people arrested over the weekend.