Cuyahoga County could save millions in jail costs by creating treatment facility for some crime suspects, consultants say

By Courtney Astolfi

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County could reduce its daily jail population by about 160 inmates by creating a so-called diversion center where police officers could take mentally ill or addicted people suspected of non-violent, low-level crimes, according to a report from consultants.

The consultants were hired to recommend ways Cuyahoga County could create a diversion program as part of efforts to replace or renovate the county’s outdated Justice Center and jail complex. obtained a draft copy of the report through a records request.

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