Cleveland transferring inmates out of House of Correction

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials at a city jail in Cleveland say it has stopped accepting new inmates in a deal that will allow the city and Cuyahoga County to more efficiently handle inmates.

No new inmates are being admitted to the city's House of Correction as of last Friday, and existing inmates will be transferred to a county lockup. Cleveland.com reports the House of Correction houses about 160 inmates — generally low-level misdemeanor offenders held for a maximum of 120 days.

City officials say it's likely the property will be sold after all inmates are transferred out. A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson says no plans have been finalized.

The city expects to save about $5 million annually from the deal.

The county administration has made a regionalized jail system a priority.