Guest Column - The high cost of jail construction

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By Gary Knapp

A recent news article requested that Antrim County residents attend a public forum and let elected officials know what they should do about taxpayer-owned facilities in Bellaire.
As stated by (county administrator) Pete Garwood in the article, “It’s never inexpensive to build a jail or any other institutional facility.” In the same article Sheriff Bean stated that “it’s not a case of inmate overcrowding, but department operations instead. They need more office space, as well as more room for storage of equipment and evidence.”
Why would we build a high cost jail to satisfy a need for office space and storage?


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