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Extra jail space makes money for Albany county

Campbell said the county maintains the right to deny any prisoner access to the county cells.

"We only want the best of the best," said Campbell, adding that the county won't accept inmates with medical or mental problems or overly violent offenders.

Campbell credited the renovations that took place in the early 1990s, including the addition of 300 cells, as one reason the boarder program continues to be successful. The jail currently has 1,029 beds and an average daily population of more than 800 inmates.

"Thankfully, the members of the Albany County Legislature had the foresight to look to the future when the planned the renovation and expansion of the old jail," said Campbell. "Their circumspection has allowed the county to take care of our own correctional needs, and at the same time, generate boarder revenue from federal, state, and other counties by utilizing out empty cells."

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