Public hearing to address justice system options

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Ideas for improving Dubois County’s justice facilities will be discussed with the public at a hearing Monday evening.

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the Jasper Common Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 610 Main St.

The study will give the Dubois County Commissioners some direction for improvements, especially for expanding the Dubois County Security Center.

In 2017, the Indiana Department of Correction mandated that the county address ongoing overcrowding issues at the center. A state law that went into effect in 2018 requires a feasibility study be done before any new construction or remodeling can be done to a jail facility. RQAW of Fishers was hired in December to conduct the study.

The study includes two options.

One option, estimated at $43.1 million, is to expand on property near the current security center. That includes remodeling the current facility; adding on a building that will increase the number of beds at the jail pod to between 244 and 270 beds; expanding the community corrections facility; adding surface parking; and adding a building that would house the courts and a connector between the courts facility and jail.

Another option is to use the Old National site at Sixth and Mill streets. Estimated at $50.8 million, it would include adding a building on the east side of the site for the jail beds and a parking garage on the west side; the Old National building would also be renovated and used for administrative offices, and the current community corrections facility would still be expanded.

Representatives with RQAW will explain the options in detail, as well as the costs of each on Monday evening.

A draft copy of the study will be available at the Dubois County Auditor’s Office, Dubois County Sheriff’s Office and Dubois County Community Corrections later today. It will also be made available on the county’s website, www.duboiscountyin.org.




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