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Shawnee County jail population increasing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The inmate population at the Shawnee County Jail has been growing, and officials say the facility will need more space if the numbers continue to rise.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/H1Bael ) Corrections Director Brian Cole says he'll need more space within the next five years if the inmate population continues to grow. Cole says the increased population puts stress on staff, budget and the inmates.

He says the average daily population for the adult detention center and annex is a combined 527 adults so far this year and the juvenile center has averaged 45 inmates a day. That's a nearly a 12 percent increase in the past decade.

Cole says the increase can be attributed in part to longer jail terms and hikes in female and mentally ill inmates.