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Study to unveil state of criminal justice system/jail in Alpena Co.

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 19, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

A $28,000 study will likely be conducted to determine the state of the criminal justice system in Alpena County.

The cost of the study was approved by the finance committee this week, but still needs to be adopted by the full board which meets later this month.

The all-encompassing study will look at all aspects of the local criminal justice system.  “It will tell us what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong,” said Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski.

The study will also likely be used down the road to enforce the sheriff’s belief that the county needs a new jail.  Many people agree that the current facility is old and needs to be replaced. Kieliszewski says that while the study will cover the jail building, it is not being conducted to solely determine the condition of the jail.

Preliminary work on the study will begin next week but the bulk of the project will get underway after commissioners vote on it on May 30.

A jail committee has been meeting for months to determine the best course of action for a new jail.  The current one was constructed in 1953.  Serious discussions over a new jail occurred in 2006.  Talks of a regional jail fizzled out in 2013.  A new jail could cost $6-$8 million or more depending on what is included in the final plans.

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