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AC Regional Jailer hints at big changes one day - 2017-07-24 REPORT

It's way into the future, but Adair County Jailer Joey White suggests Fiscal Court start reviewing need for a 150 bed (200 maximum capacity, all-under-one roof) structure to replace 30-year-old high maintenance current facilities. Downtown location, bypass sites suggested.
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By Ed Waggener

The Adair County Fiscal Court Jail Committee received an upbeat report on the financial status but a very sobering analysis of the physical condition of the old facility at its 24 Jul 2017 meeting.

Jailer Joey White told the committee that the Jail is running approximately $130,000 under budget for the year. He reported, however, that there are problems with the elevator which could cost as much a $30,000 to replace. He also reported continued problems with staffing, with, at the time, a shortage of four employees. He reported that he had interviewed five in the past week.

As members were ready to leave, Jailer White floated an ambitious plan for the court to consider:

Somewhere down the road, a multitude of existing problems could be solved with a new, modern 150 bed jail - which could house at maximum of 200 inmates under existing state criteria.

Such a facility would be on a single floor - therefore no elevator(s) - have all units of the system connected under one roof and would be close enough to the Adair County Judicial Center for prisoners to be walked to court dates, (possibly through a tunnel.)

He emphasized that the idea is only for planning now - but might become a reality in a fairly distant future state for now. A rough cost was put at $12 million, but Jailer White expressed the opinion that, due in large part to the need for more beds for drug addicts, it would be used to capacity, and, in the long term, be less costly with not only logistical savings, but said that fewer overall employees would be needed.

An alternate site, which might entail continued - even somewhat more difficult than the present prisoner transport system, would be near the bypass.

He said that even though occupancy at the Adair County Youth Development Center (AYDC) is greatly reduced at present, talks he's had with those in the know about corrections, is that getting the facility transferred from state-to-county would be a long shot, at best. He did say that the AYDC facility - which he call "ideal", as a successor to the current facilities.

Mr. White said that there are currently five super sized jails under construction in Kentucky. Present at the meeting were Committee Members Chairman Billy Dean Coffey (District 6) and Greg Caldwell (5), Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White, Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens, and Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn.

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