Carroll County Council agrees on contract for new jail

Project officials say they are less than two months away from getting a bid.

Posted: Dec 31, 2019 2:07 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 11:04 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Members of the Carroll County Council agreed on a contract for the new jail Tuesday morning. Now, project officials say they are less than two months away from getting a bid. 

The contract was approved five to two.

The jail will be located on County Road 100 North in between Indiana Packers Corporation and Carroll Manor.

It will have 112 beds, while the current jail only has 34.

Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said the jail has been over capacity for over five years. According to the Indiana State Department of Corrections, a jail is full at 80 percent. That means the current jail is considered full at 27.2 individuals, and the new facility would be considered full at about 89.9 individuals.

"Before we had the option of taking individuals to other counties, at one time we had 70 to 75 individuals at our 34 bed facility," Leazenby said.

Leazanby told News 18 he knows not everyone is going to agree on something like this. However, he's happy things are finally moving forward; because the county's current jail is not adequate. 

"We want to potentially look 20 or 30 years down the road and hope that we do not have to add on to our facility," he said.

Five additional full time jail staff will be hired.

Project officials say construction costs are likely to cost about $14 million.

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