Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Site options narrow for new Reno County jail

August 10, 2011

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— Reno County commissioners say they hope to talk to state prison officials about the possibility of locating a new county jail near a state-run prison.

The Hutchinson News reports that state-owned land is the only possible jail site remaining for the Reno County Jail Study Committee. The committee was told Tuesday that other sites in the area have been eliminated because of various concerns, including liability and zoning issues.

That leaves land near the state-run Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

County Commissioner Dan Deming said he hopes to arrange a meeting with Kansas Department of Corrections representatives soon about buying the proposed land. Deming said he would also bring up the possibility of the jail and the prison sharing some programs, such as laundry and food services.

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