Facing the issues: Boyle and Mercer magistrates tour jail

Published 8:21 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Magistrates from Boyle and Mercer counties toured the Boyle County Detention Center Tuesday as part of an educational gathering to learn more about how the jail functions and what issues it faces. The tour was organized as part of the counties’ current efforts to decide what to do about the jail, which officials and experts say is overcrowded with inmates; not designed with good sight lines for jail staff; and costing the counties a lot to operate. Brandstetter Carroll has been retained at a price of $75,000 to produce a study documenting how the counties could reduce the number of inmates, provide more rehabilitation options for inmates and/or construct new facilities.

Photos by Robin Hart/rhart@amnews.com

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