Minnehaha Co. Jail Research Upgrade
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
December 18, 2012 5:29 PM
The Minnehaha County Jail is looking to make upgrades somewhere down the road. But, before they go ahead and start tearing down walls they need to come up with a plan.
The people keeping the Minnehaha County Jail safe and secure are trying to keep it that way.
“The first steps of looking towards the future,” said Warden Darin Young.
A pair of consultants from the National Institute of Corrections made suggestions to Young about parts of the jail, both in and out of use.
“Discussing how they work and what they're needs are and setting a path for the county to plan what they want to do in the future,” said Dennis Liebert, one of the consultants.
While the consultants feel the new portion of the jail is up to snuff, they believe some upgrades are necessary.
“We have a work release center that is aging and we need to be looking at the future,” said Warden Young.
But, making upgrades can be pricey.
“We want to be efficient with our tax payer money. So, we want them to know what kind of options that we have looking forwards,” said Warden Young.
While their decisions and recommendations won't be final, it's an initial step in dealing with problems like over crowding.
“We've seen a rise in our population numbers and we need to assess where we are at,” said Warden Young.
Currently the Community Corrections Center has 228 beds and there are about 190 of them filled.
As the Jail continues to serve its purpose, those in charge, like Warden Young, look to keep the facilities up to date.
There will be a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. Where the public is invited to give their input on the future of the jail.