The Presque Isle County Jail has seen an increase of inmates in the past two months. According to Sheriff Robert Paschke the spike in numbers is an increase he’s never experienced before.
Paschke said changes at the county jail could be a reason.
“One of the things I guess is that we have a new prosecutor and a new assistant prosecutor that are a little bit more ambitious. They are out there and trying to take care of things, but to put an actual reason to it, it’s hard to tell,” Paschke said.
Presque Isle County Jail isn’t the only dentition center seeing increase in inmates. Neighboring counties including Alpena appears to be up for the season. With the increase, the jail has had to make a few adjustments.
“We have 24 beds and we like to keep our number at 24–27 so we have to find places to house them. We use Cheboygan, and Alpena but they are full so we’ve started using Montmorency. It’s great for us because they are our neighboring county and it’s not that far away,” he explained.
Paschke said with the holidays around the corner, arrest may continue to spike, due to drunk driving. The inmates that are currently being housed are those waiting to be sentenced or attend their court date.