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Dutchess Co. downsizing new jail plan

May 23, 2019 11:30 am
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting Duchess County officials are adjusting their plan for the county's new Justice and Transition Center. State bail reform initiatives will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Those reforms will likely have a major impact on county jail populations as those charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies will no longer be remanded into county custody pending adjudication. County Executive Marcus Molinaro said the county is now looking at shrinking the size of the new Justice and Transition Center. “With the implementation of bail reform, our analysis and advocacy, and argument before the State Commission on Corrections secured us the ability now to redesign and reduce the size and cost of the county jail proposal by as much as 200 individual beds,” Molinaro said. Downsizing the facility will save the county millions in construction and operating costs, he said. The current average jail population is about 350 people per day. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.