Proposed Decatur Jail Project Faces Opposition

Published 05/07 2014 10:21PM

Updated 05/08 2014 08:38AM

Officials in Adams County want to build a new jail and Superior Court in downtown Decatur. But not all residents are in favor of the proposed project.

County Commissioners want to construct a new jail and Sheriff's Department on the west side of first street near Madison St. They want to build a jail with up to 200 beds plus a 50 bed work release facility. 

The project also includes construction of a Superior Court building on the north side of Madison St. The project will require the city to purchase and demolish an American Legion and a home. 

The county argues that the current jail is over crowded. The building has a capacity to house 60 inmates. But right now there are about 75 inmates inside the jail. County officials add that it would me more expensive to add to the existing jail than it would be to start from scratch.

County officials say they have reviewed several location options and the first street area is the most viable. 

Adams County says they are prepared to spend up to $26 million to cover the entire project. To help pay this price, the Commissioners are considering a public safety tax between .25% and .5%.

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