In this week’s Sunday Edition story at WDRB.com, Jason Riley reports that while Louisville Metro Corrections has a top capacity of fewer than 1,800 inmates, it currently houses around 2,300. That’s caused a serious rise in drug smuggling as well as major increases in inmate fights and assaults on staff.
Louisville clearly needs more room for its inmates. But the cost of a new jail, according to Mayor Greg Fischer, would be between 250 and 330 million dollars. And you should note that the palatial YUM! Center was built for about 261 million in today’s dollars.
Obviously, this is a problem that requires a creative solution. So why not try this?:
If you recall, Kentucky shut down several private prisons four years ago amid multiple allegations of mismanagement. But while they’re not currently being operated, they still exist. And I’d suggest that a plan to reopen them under state government supervision could not only provide a lot of needed room for Louisville’s inmate overflow, but also create several new jobs for administrators and security personnel.
Sure, there are numerous logistical problems that would have to be worked out. But it’s an idea. And given the “here and now” seriousness of the problem, doing nothing is simply not an option.
But call and tell us what you think.
I'm Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.
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