Great Jail Debate
High Springs Police Chief Ray Kaminskas says Alachua County Commissioners are "playing with dynamite" for not acting quickly to improve jail overcrowding.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the Sheriff echoed that sentiment and introduced a new game-plan.
Originally a 256-bed expansion costing $5.4 million was requested. Now, only 168 beds are being requested. The expansion would cost the same amount but include 40 cells to house high risk inmates.
Darnell also also proposed a temporary quick fix, portable facilities that would be up and running in three weeks and house just over 100 inmates. But commissioners say before they make a decision, they need more information.
"It wasn't clear. That's why we need some more time to really look at the issue and see what the total costs are," said Alachua County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut.
At their June 12th commission meeting, commissioners will take another look at diversion programs to keep folks out of jail And they say they'll be poised to make decisions on both the expansion and temporary housing proposals.
By Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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