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New Dodge County Jail Still Not Open

It's been completed for over a year, but the new Dodge County Jail remains closed.

The 60,000 square foot jail was completed in June of 2011, according to Dodge County Sheriff Jeff Hinson.

"I probably answer this question about 50 times a day. When you going to get in the jail?" said Hinson.

But for the last 14 months, inmates have still been housed at this older, much smaller facility.

"We use approximately 15 to 20 gallons of bleach a week just trying to keep it clean. You can't operate off of something old but so long," said Hinson.

He says he has to hire about 17 more deputies to run the new jail, and he's still waiting on county commissioners to fund that, along with about $50,000 in other necessities.

"If they were to give us the thumbs-up today it would be 90 to 120 days. One thing they didn't do and I think this was an oversight early on. They didn't order mattresses, pillows, pillow cases, sheets, blankets. These are things you have to have in a jail," said Hinson.

Even though the Dodge County Law Enforcement Center hasn't opened yet, it still costs the taxpayers money. According to the County Manager Bobby Peacock, last month alone the electrical bill was nearly $5,000.

"Actually the ceiling tiles will fall out of the ceiling. Computers, we all know what they do," said Hinson. "They have to be climatized. They have to be kept within certain temperatures."

On top of that, the county pays $35 a day to house inmates at other jails when they're over capacity.

In an extreme case, like May and June of this year, the county manager says that can cost upwards of $8,000; putting an even tighter strain on an already financially strapped county.

Peacock says they also can't open the jail until they install a sewer grinder to the system.

He says that should be in place by November first.


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