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Jail overcrowding compels MCSO to move inmates

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Facing overcrowded jails, Sheriff Joe Arpaio moved hundreds of inmates to new quarters Thursday afternoon.

Arpaio ordered 770 handcuffed and chained inmates be moved 300 yards from the Lower Buckeye Jail to the Towers Jail.

The pre-sentenced inmates, all of them men, will walk to their new assignments as officers, volunteer posse, K-9 and SWAT units stand guard.

Arpaio said the operation will take up to eight hours to complete and when finished, the jails will have an additional 170 beds available for what MCSO calls "the surging inmate population."

In a few short months, the MCSO's inmate population grew from an average daily population of 7200 to now 8200, sheriff's officials said in a statement.

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