Douglas County officials are considering ways to expand the county jail.
“We are starting to see the numbers of inmates go up and their needs are changing, so we have started looking at what we need to do to improve our facility,” Sheriff Ken McGovern said.
When the $22 million, 196-bed facility opened in September 1999, officials thought that by 2010, based on inmate projections, an expansion would be needed
But for several years, the inmate population lagged behind those projections.
Now, however, the population is starting to increase again, especially within certain categories, which causes space management problems. For example, the building was originally designed to hold 24 female inmates at any one time.
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