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Jail and community corrections expansion plans changing

County corrections will add areas for addiction programs, and a new building next to the jail will house administrative positions.

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 3:32 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 6:23 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The county has come to a mutual plan to expand the jail and community corrections.

As we reported last January, a study was done to see which facility needed an expansion.

The jail would have cost about $32 million, and community corrections would have been $8 million to $9 million.

Instead, both facilities are adding new spaces for 16-million dollars.

County Corrections will add areas for addiction programs, and a new building next to the jail will house administrative positions.

That opens space for programs to help inmates stay out of jail.

"This cuts down our recidivism rate, and it's just a better opportunity for the inmates and the community," said Sheriff Bob Goldsmith

He said it's a better solution than adding beds.

"Warehousing people doesn't work," he said. "So, if we could get some programs in there to help people have a better foundation when they come out, maybe that will be best. Not only for them but for the community."

If approved by the county council, construction would start early this summer and wrap up in January of next year.

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