Study committee lays out options for new Gibson County jail

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GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A study committee lays out two options for expansion at the Gibson County Jail.

Most committee members seem to agree building a new jail outside the Princeton city limits is the way to go.

There does not appear to be a consensus on how big the jail should be.

One option calls for a two-hundred bed facility with a lower initial price tag, then adding on as needed.

A second option would cost more up front, but it should meet the county’s needs for at least 20 years

“In six or seven years to start this process again would end up costing us more money, and we’ve seen that in other jails where they built, but in a short time, when I say that four or five years later, they’re already over capacity,” said Gibson County Commissioner Steve Bottoms.

Officials have not given a timeline for making decisions on the project.

A tax increase is set to go into effect January first to help pay for the expansion.

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(This story was originally published on December 3, 2019)

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