Closing jail could set county free

Published 12:01am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Innovative and progressive are rarely words that describe county government, but Adams County may be breaking the mold.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors and their attorney are in early discussions to possibly do something unheard of — close the county jail.

But don’t worry; although it may seem like a crazy notion, the county would still have a place to house its incarcerated inmates.

Adams County is discussing how the Adams County Correctional Center, a private prison operated by CCA, might contract to house county inmates.

While it’s still in the early stages, the plan may be a good option considering the age of the current county jail. Supervisors suggest a considerable amount of time and money are being spent on both management and upkeep of the jail.

Both of those issues may be fixed by contracting out the service.

It’s certainly an interesting idea and one that worth more detailed study.

County leaders must look not only at the dollars and cents aspect of such a contract, but also whether or not the prison facility is a better location than the current downtown facility, which has limited parking but is extremely convenient to the county courthouse.

We appreciate that county supervisors seem to be unafraid to throw out some seemingly wild ideas that may benefit the public.

That open and public-focused mind set is refreshing in local government.

 

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that a federal prison out there?

  • Anonymous

    IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE CCA IS INVESTIGATED FOR WHAT REALLY GOING ON. “FEDERAL-PRIVATE”. FEDERAL DOLLARS GOING INTO A PRIVATE PRISON. NOW MR., TELL ME HOW MANY FEDERAL PRISONS ARE HOUSED THERE ? I REALLY BELIEVE YOU KNOW MORE THAN YOU ARE LETTING ON TO BECAUSE YOU ARE INTO THE BUSINESS OF KNOWING., BUT I BELIEVE YOU ARE FOR WHAT’S GOING ON. MONEY HANDS OVER FEET BEING MADE OFF OF THOSE LATINOES HOUSED THERE. THE CRIME THEY ACTUALLY COMMITTED WASN’T SHOOTING, STABING. OR RAPING, ALTHO THEY DID COMMITTEED A CRIME, THAT CRIME WAS ENTERING THIS COUNTRY ILLEGAL. INSTEAD OF SHIPPING THEM *ALL* BACK WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT, THEY DECIDED TO DO IT THE OLD AMERICAN WAY; USE THEM TO MAKE MONEY. YOU CAN MAKE MONEY IN AMERICAN FASTER THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND IT’S EASY. IT REMINDS ME OF PEOPLE PUMPING MONEY OVER SEA TO AVOID INCOME TAXES. BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY’RE ENJOYING THE BENIFITS OF OTHERS TAX PAYERS MONEY LIKE BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS AND SO ON. THOSE PEOPLE ARE SAVING MILLIONS. THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL “-RIPPING-OFF-AMERICA”. I WOULD RATHER SEE THEM SHIPPED BACK, THAN TO BE CAGED LIKE ANIMALS.

  • Anonymous

    Private prison housing most or all federal prisoners.