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Sheriff seeking public's input on jail

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(Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the county's correction
system is already severely overcrowded. Picture above Spokane
County Jail.)


SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wants to know where you would build a new county jail and how much you would spend to build it.

Knezovich will be holding a town hall meeting Tuesday night in hopes of getting input from county residents concerning a new jail.

There are already several proposed sites for a new jail including Spokane's West central neighborhood where the sheriff will be holding the meeting at 6:30.

In addition to location, the construction of a new jail is also up for discussion. Being debated is whether to build a horizontal jail, which would take up more street space or a vertical jail which takes up less real estate but is more expensive to construct.

The original proposal was to build another tower next to the existing jail, costing tax payers $265 million in construction costs alone.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says building a horizontal building somewhere else in the county would cost less at $229 million.

The current corrections system, which includes the soon to be closed Geiger facility, is severely overcrowded, according to the sheriff.

Already ruled out for a new location is the Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake which Knezovich toured last week and determined the site is not suitable for a new Spokane County Jail.

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