The Peoria County Jail currently has too many detainees, and the Illinois Department of Corrections has not helped the situation.
“We’re kind of like a water balloon,” said Sheriff Brian Asbell. “It just keeps growing and growing and growing. But at a certain point, we have no more space left.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health guidelines established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have mandated distancing and reduced the maximum populations for detention facilities.