Leaders in Dutchess County discussed overcrowding issues at the county jail. YNN's Michael Howard has more on the public forum.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Dutchess County Jail on North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie has been a hot topic for officials. Overcrowding has been a problem there for years.
“We have a crisis and Dutchess County is going to bankrupt itself if we don’t do anything about it," said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
In a public forum on Wednesday, Molinaro, County Probation Director Mary Still, and Diane Jabolonski from the Democratic Women’s Caucus discussed the future of the jail. The options range from building a new one, to investing more money into corrections programs.
“It is important that we have our housed out people back in the county,” noted Still.
The county houses out more than 200 inmates every day. It costs the county about $6 million. However, two months ago, county legislature voted to fund $3.1 million to cover costs of housing out inmates, as well as overtime fees. The county legislators agree something needs be done.
“I don’t disagree that there isn’t a need for some construction,” said Jabolonski. “I toured the jail, but I think it has to be thoughtful and informed.”
Officials said the discussion will continue until a resolution is found.