President of the Idaho Sheriff's Association and Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries says overcrowding at county jails boils down to state inmates taking up beds at county facilities.
When state inmates violate their probation or parole, they wind up back in a county jail waiting for a hearing that could take weeks or months.
"In my county it's half full of inmates that are waiting to go to a state facility and we charge the state for that, but by statute we can only charge $45 per day, that is nowhere near the cost of what it costs us to house those folks," Humphries said.
The cost is more like $90 per day to house state inmates, according to Humphries.
He and other sheriffs are hoping to see reimbursement costs from the state increase and are looking at other solutions.
"So what the state is trying to do is, is looking at moving some of those inmates out of state, from the state prison side, which may give us a little bit of relief on the county side," Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said.
"Solutions are shorter sentences or finding some counties do have facilities that have extra beds and they are happy to accommodate inmates in those facilities, and that's always an option. I think there are several counties that are trying to increase the jail sizes," Humphries said.
Other topics of discussion at the conference include more support for victims of a crime.
"Many times, victims of crime get forgotten and Marsy's Law would help give them more rights with the process after they have been victimized," Humphries said.
Along with support for victims, sheriff's offices are looking at better utilizing social media to get information out to the public.
"Our forms of communication have changed and today having a Twitter or Facebook account, these are all what we go to find out information," Humphries said.