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      Overcrowding hits Heartland jails

      Overcrowding has become a growing problem in jails over the last few years.

      This past May, the Adair County Jail received a total of 90 inmates. Many of those inmates are not first time offenders. The biggest offense that the jail has seen in recent years is drug usage. Sheriff Hardwick says that he has seen an increase of offenders that use drugs commit other crimes such as burglary. However, due to overcrowding, those criminals are soon back out on the streets and committing the same crimes.

      "Those individuals that broke into those places have long criminal records and they are out here in our community. Out here in our community. 97 percent of the 30,000 people that are in the Department of Corrections will come back to your community," said Sheriff Robert Hardwick of the Adair County Sheriff's Office.

      The Adair County Sheriff's Office is working hard to keep the community safe. If you have any tips, or suspect suspicious activity, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (660) 665-4644