Interest in Washington County Jail Project Shown by Neighboring Counties

BLAIR – Now that Washington County voters have approved funding   a Justice center addition to the existing court house – increasing inmate capacity, it’s catching the attention of some of our neighboring communities.  Dodge county, when faced with prisoner overcrowding went the direction of farming out prisoners according to Dodge County Board of Supervisor’s Chair Bob Missel. He says the Dodge County Jail is still used for booking and oftentimes has overnight prisoners which are generally moved to Saunders County Jail within 24 hours.  The costs of transporting those inmates, plus room and board costs can fluctuate.  While it’s premature to commit to any contract or interlocal agreement, Bob says the Dodge County Board is  expressing curiosity in a possible interlocal agreement once the project is complete. Ground breaking for the new Washington County Justice facility is still a few months away and completion expected within two years.