Carroll County Jail project on hold

Since the jail is overcapacity, the sheriff’s office has to move inmates to other facilities outside of the county, in turn, sending taxpayer dollars to other counties.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 6:24 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 9:14 PM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Carroll County is in desperate need of a new jail. Until one is built, the current jail will continue to be over capacity.

"Our maximum capacity here in Carroll County, in our current facility, is 34,” said Sheriff Tobe Leazenby. “Our 80% numbers is currently 27.2 and we are still above that. This morning when I checked we were at 36."

Since the jail is overcapacity, the sheriff’s office has to move inmates to other facilities outside of the county. Leazenby says that, in turn, sends taxpayer dollars to other counties.

"It's costing roughly $10,000 a month for us to have individuals held in Warren and White Counties who take some of our overcrowding issues away from us."

Local legislators are trying to makeit happen. 

"Both the council and commissioners are passionate and agree that we need a new jail," said Vice President of the Carroll County Council Tim Radcliff.

What the entities can't agree on, however, is how the jail will be funded, as well as the type of construction contract both groups of leaders would like to see.

"The commissioners entered into a contract with a company out of Fort Wayne, Construction Control Incorporated, that wrote up a contract as construction manager as an advisor," added Radcliff.

Radcliff says that type of contract puts all the responsibility of the jail project on the county. He also says there is no guarantee that the construction company will stay within the parameters of the budget the county has allotted.

"That's where we are struggling is the difference in delivery method and also what we feel is not a fair contract for Carroll County when our cost margins are so tight,” said Radcliff.

As the two entities debate over which contract is most suitable, the jail continues to be overcrowded.

"That's money going out of this county that we see absolutely no return for," said Sheriff Leazenby.

We reached out to members of the Carroll County Commissioners for comment but did not receive a response.

Until the two entities agree on a construction contract for the $14-15 million dollar jail project, a groundbreaking date won’t be set.

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