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Lockup: Transport
In the early morning darkness, a suspected gang member boards a jail transport van, parked inside the Falkenburg Road Jail. His hands and feet are secure with handcuffs and leg restraints. He can walk, but he can't run. The detention deputies say little as they watch the door close to the van's aluminum cage. The inmate's destination: a Tampa courtroom. Last year, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Transportation Bureau drove over 670,000 miles, transporting more than 95,000 inmates to various locations. Deputies assigned to the bureau assist in the courthouse transfer areas, drive inmates to medical appointments and travel across Florida to pick up suspects held in other counties. Much is done in the early hours, though, before most commuters take to the roads. "We start off at 5 o'clock in the morning with the big push to get the inmates to the courthouse," said Sgt. Stephen Farley, the bureau's chief. About 270 inmates a day make that trip. "Our biggest challenge is we're kind of under the gun to get the inmates down there on time," he said. "Our motto is we make it happen."
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