COUNTY PROPOSES REHAB CENTER INSTEAD OF NEW JAILSource : http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/local/2017/04/17/inmate-injures-foot-jail-jump/100575294/,Mike Emery Link
The Madison County Detention Center houses 400 inmates in a facility designed to hold 184. Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said 80 percent of the inmates are in jail for drug-related offenses.
He said it would cost the county $45 million to build a new jail. Instead, he wants to partner with some private groups to build a drug rehabilitation center with the help of federal money.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Monday he supports the idea, adding that nobody thinks “there is a law enforcement solution to this.”
Madison County will be one of hundreds of local governments across the country competing for federal grant money later this year.
By: Mike Emery
Published: April 18, 2017