Alternate Routes

Style Weekly's Ned Oliver argues that "a comprehensive reform of Richmond’s criminal justice system is years behind schedule and barely underway. But some alternative programs are making a dent."

Three months after it opened, the jail that Richmond built to relieve overcrowding is over capacity.

The jail is rated by the state to sleep 1,032 inmates, but it housed an average of 1,175 inmates in October — about 14 percent more than it should.

It's an increase of 230 inmates over the record low population of 945, which city officials trumpeted when the facility opened at the end of July.

On opening day, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones attributed the initial low number to the successful reform of the city's criminal justice system.

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