Friday, January 27, 2006

Jail

The $3.9 million jail project is perhaps the most polarizing move that has come through the fiscal court in a long, long time. The word on the street is that about half of the county is for it and the other half is against it. The other half (I know this doesn’t add up, but when you hear the word on the street it is often like this) say they don’t know the first thing about the jail either way.

The Standard presented Judge Knight with some options about what he could do to help that, but the suggestions were largely ignored. So like it or not we are going to have a jail unless someone does some legal magic very soon. Still, and this isn’t a joke, something will have to be done about the prisoners in Todd County. No matter what some may think about Jailer Stokes and his politics, the man is right — something will have to be done because we are going broke over hauling prisoners.

Any ideas or suggestions on if the jail is the best option for now, or if there is a better course of action?

I know this is a hot topic, so let’s keep to the topic and not get personal.

7 Comments:

Blogger Skunk said...

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8:27 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Skunk said...

Is there any word on the street about an injunction being filed to halt the building of a new jail?

I find it hard to believe that some of the rumors I hear about the current jail and how it is run are true.

Could you please do an investigative story about the jail to sort out fact and fiction?

8:54 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Administrator said...

The fact is that there will be a jail. And yes, I've already started investigating the pro and cons of the jail. I'm afraid that the foundation will be laid before I can get to the bottom of it, though...

As for the injunction, I heard a group was going to try, but I don't think it is going to happen. I'd be surprised this late in the game if it did.

12:08 AM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger victoria said...

Perhaps Skunk was talking about investigating the CURRENT jail and the way it is run. It could prove to be interesting.

8:04 PM, January 31, 2006  
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8:07 PM, January 31, 2006  
Blogger city boy said...

Pursuant to KRS 66.041, it would seem that Todd County cannot incur a net indebtedness of more than 2% of the value of the taxable property in the county. With the addition of the tax bond for the jail (it is my understanding it was issued for $9 million)to the current budget, doesn't the county go over the 2% limit for total indebtedness? Also, where is the money going to come from for the "sinking fund" used to retire the bond? With a county already strapped for money and loosing industries, our tax base is diminishing rather than increasing. The addage of getting "blood from a turnip" comes to mind.

9:40 AM, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Rebelfan2 said...

Now that the county is building a 4+ million dollar jail, what other expenses can be anticipated and what will it cost to find the ambulance service another location/building. Oh yes, and all of the expensive dispatch/radio equipment too???

1:55 PM, February 11, 2006  

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