Jail space is hard to come by. We’ve often tell you about the issues county jails have. Just about every jail around the Ozarks is dealing with overcrowding. Greene County pays Miller County to house prisoners. In Laclede County, the sheriff came up with a way to try and deal with that. Sheriff Wayne Merritt tells KRMS News they’re going to go from 106 bed jail to 122 bed jail. Plastic bunks or ‘canoes’ have been placed in common areas and under stairwells, until Sheriff Merritt came up with a more permanent housing solution. He put twice the amount of beds in a single cell within cell pods. A local contractor was used to build them. “We got the beds for half the price of what it would cost out of the catalogue,” he explains. This is at no additional cost to county taxpayers. The Laclede County Jail keeps an average of 122 prisoners per month, sometimes as many as 150 inmates. None of the inmates are from the Federal system. They are all county prisoners.