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Jail replacement moves forward slowly

Nov 16, 2014 12:03 am
Ariel Zangla in The Daily Freeman checks in on progress to replace the Greene County jail, which was built in 1908, and by every account, needs replacing. While the facility is no longer in compliance, the state Commission of Correction is allowing the county to operate the jail while a 13-member task force formed in February works on ways to build a new facility. Legislator William Lawrence (R-Cairo, and also a WGXC programmer) leads the task force, which also includes Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz, other legislators, and community members and county department heads. So far, the group has visited other jails, and wants to incorporate "pod housing" in any new design. Currently, the jail has about 80 inmates. Lawrence told The Daily Freeman that if the county does build a new facility, the task force would like to see it also house the Sheriff’s Office and the Greene County 911 center. “It makes sense,” Lawrence said. “There’s a lot of connection between the offices.” The task force will make a presentation to the county Legislature next year. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.