Friday, May 09, 2008

Expansion vs. Starting Over

Even though I don't necessarily disagree with the calls against raising the millage rate, I sympathize with the frustration in the community behind such a move. That said, David Cappi's opposition to the construction of a new jail doesn't reflect the reality of the situation.

That facility has received those facelifts and modifications over the past 15 years, and they've done little to remedy the situation over there. One wing lacks central heating and air, while the remainder of the building, due to poor circulation, is overrun with mildew and mold. Inmates are crowded in cells, typically going over the allocated space by two or three individuals. An additional wing or a few tweaks in the existing structure won't solve the problems there.

We need a new facility, and it's going to be expensive. It's not a great thing to devote $20 million to, but we have to start exploring the options.


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