Maryland County Sheriff Wants 1,000-bed Prison

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Prison populations are shrinking in many places, but not in suburban Carroll County, Maryland. There, Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning discussed with county commissioners the possibility of building a 1,000-bed facility that would house the county’s growing inmate population and hundreds of federal or state prisoners. The Baltimore Sun reports that commissioners are likely months from authorizing a formal study. Half the new population would be local prisoners and the other half federal and state inmates, who would draw federal and state funds to help make the facility self-sufficient. Tregoning said that prison crowding will become worse at the detention center in Westminster, which is projected to be over capacity by 2006. The county has expanded the prison three times since it was built in 1971, with the most recent addition completed less than four years ago. “In order to house more inmates, we need more space,” Tregoning said. “It’s as simple as that.”,0,6722971.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dcarroll


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