Several hundred inmates at Manatee jail scheduled to be moved to undisclosed location

Several hundred inmates at Manatee jail scheduled to be moved to undisclosed location
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office public information officer confirms with ABC7 they will be evacuating 345 low-risk inmates to an undisclosed location to make more room for the remaining inmates.

With the crisis at Piney Point threatening to flood the area where the jail sits, the sheriff’s office says they’re taking precautions to keep the jail safe as well as opening up more beds in the upper floors of the facility. Public information officer Randy Warren says they have sandbagged the lower level. In a worst-case scenario, they’re told the jail would only get about a foot of water.

As of Sunday, 1,066 inmates are being housed at the county jail, leaving 721 inmates who will remain in upper floors of the jail in case of an uncontrolled discharge at Piney Point.

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