Illinois County Halts Jail Expansion Plan

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Officials in northern Illinois’ Kane County retreated from a $12 million, 200-bed jail expansion they expected would begin this spring, saying they need a long-term strategy for meeting growth demands affecting the county’s criminal justice system, the Chicago Tribune reports.

County Board Chairman Mike McCoy (R-Aurora) estimated that no added jail space should be expected until mid-2006 at the earliest. “This is basically starting over,” he said.

A Colorado consultant recommended that the county prepare projections of its current criminal justice needs as well as its estimated needs for from 10 years to 20 years from now. The study, which could take a year to complete, would provide the county with options including doing nothing, constructing a facility at a new location, remodeling and adding on to the present 400-bed jail, constructing a new facility at the current location and razing the existing jail, and privatizing construction of a new jail at a new location.


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