TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—A new addition to the Community Corrections Center in Tippecanoe County would add a brand new space offering programs for inmates dealing with addiction.
"Our hopes now are to perhaps build on to the Community Corrections Buildings,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner, Tom Murtaugh.
Murtaugh said adding onto the corrections center is what the county has been looking into for more than 18 months.
"The next big step is to being able to provide services and real daily services to folks that are incarcerated,” said Murtuagh.
Murtaugh said the county was originally looking to expand the jail, which would cost $32 million dollars. Instead, they like the idea of developing the corrections center more. That would cost around $8-9 million dollars.
"We commissioned a company to do a jail study for us and that study showed that we were in decent shape,” said Murtaugh.
If the county decides to move forward, the addition will add approximately 75 more beds. Tippecanoe County Sheriff, Bob Goldsmith said this would be beneficial for the county.
"I think anytime you have the ability to offer programming and you are offering programming I think it can only help,” said Goldsmith.
Goldsmith adds the programs would better prepare those locked up for life after incarceration.
"You know you may have 50 people in the program and you help one or two, well that's one or two you weren't helping before,” said Goldsmith.
While there are already many different services countywide. Creating a new addition would provide services on site.
"We can have a variety of different services have a variety of different service providers actually right there. Services to these folks so that literally we never see them again back into the system,” said Murtuagh.
Murtaugh said they will make a final decision by the summer on whether they will add an addition to the jail or the Community Corrections Center.