Harrison County Officials Want New Jail Built to Alleviate Overcrowding Problem
Harrison County -
Overcrowding in jails around the country and Ohio has become a large problem, leading Harrison County officials to meet with various architect firms to develop a plan for a new correction facility.
Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said it costs them $200 each time they have to send an inmate to Jefferson County for a weekend stay, and that's a price that can add up quickly for a jail that can hold about 15 inmates at the most.
Common Pleas Judge Shawn Hervey said he is also completely on board with building a new jail. Hervey, Myers, and County Prosecutor Michael Washington all say getting a new jail is long overdue, in fact about over a century overdue. Washington said, "With the money coming into the county from the oil and gas industry, right now is the perfect time."
Sheriff Myers has been speaking with various architect firms and right now, they have a proposed layout from an architect, which shows a correction facility with two floors that can house 80 inmates. There will also be room for a communication center, 911 center, county court, and other offices.