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marion-county-orRICHMOND, KY- Some leaders in Madison County want to build a drug rehab center to hopefully reduce a county jail’s overcrowding problem.

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

Author: NIJO Newsroom

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