The above graph shows the amount of revenue generated by housing Hancock Co. inmates in the Putnam County Jail. Information provided by the Putnam County Commissioners and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. (Graph, Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

PUTNAM SENTINEL — The extra space available in the Putnam County Jail continues to be used by other area agencies. The amount of revenue generated by the jail by housing Hancock County inmates has increased each month of this calendar year, and continues to outpace 2017 as well.

When reached for comment, Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker says, “We’re just trying to help out a county that is overcrowded. And, we’re generating revenue for our county as well by using our extra capacity.” According to Siefker, the county is exploring offering additional services, such as extending the video arraignment system which is already operating here in Putnam County to the Hancock County courts.