VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Some have said that the Volusia County Jail is becoming a favorite shelter for many who are homeless.
One formerly homeless man told Channel 9's Blaine Tolison that it comes about, in great part, because the homeless have no place to sleep and get arrested for sleeping in public.
"They call it trespassing. They usually let you out the next day," said Woody Layton, who was homeless at one time.
Circuit Judge Belle Shuman said she studied 50 homeless people arrested a total of 6,000 times over the past 20 years. She said it cost the county $12
"We're treating homelessness, and it is a facility out there, it's just an expensive one called the jail, so there has to be -- and everyone has figured
Volusia County is seriously considering a transitional facility near the jail, just west of Daytona Beach, to help break the cycle.
It could cost millions to build, but Wagner said police officers constantly removing the homeless from Daytona's tourist
"You don't want to just say, 'Hey, disappear.' You want to try to help those people and get them off the streets," said Wagner.