Rock Hill officials have long considered closing the city jail, an 18-bed facility located downtown in the Rock Hill Law Center. But the issue resurfaced last month in a study looking at ways to improve the police force.
Consultant Carroll Buracker urged the city to explore "getting out of the jail business." Detainees could instead be taken to the York County Detention Center in York, a move that would save an estimated $186,000 per year.
An average of 15 detainees are kept in the city jail on weekdays, but the number rises to between 42 and 44 on weekends, when more crimes are committed.
The city facility processed about 7,300 inmates in 2007.
At two different times during the day, police transport detainees to the York County detention center, a more modern facility that holds inmates for longer periods.
Cities with fewer than 250,000 people typically rely on counties to provide jails and detention centers, Buracker told city officials. Rock Hill's population is about 65,000.
City officials have said they will take up Buracker's recommendations starting in January.