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Bourbon County looks to rebuild jail

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Conditions at the Bourbon County Kansas jail have the sheriff's office moving forward on plans to build a new one.

"Our structure is bad. Our electrical, our plumbing, heating and air, that sort of infrastructure is bad." says Jail Administrator, Bobby Reed.

We got an inside look at the jail, and were shown details after detail..of safety concerns. Which is why they are crusading to build a new, state of the art jail to replace the current one.

"We've had several feasibility studies done that brought certain issues to our attention that needs to be corrected." says Bourbon County Sheriff, Bill Martin.

Built in the 1970's, the jail was designed to be a rehabilitation center for 27 inmates. Now, it's used as a detention center. One that's overpopulated , with 35 inmates and costing tax payers more than $900,000 dollars to operate. 

"It's not only a safety concern for my officers, but for my inmates" Reed says.

Before any plans are made, the sheriff's office invited the public to voice their opinions.

"I think if we build a new facility, then we can also take in inmates from other counties and maybe even help pay for some facilities themselves" Resident, Tadena Tucker says.

As far as tax payers paying for the new jail...Resident Patrick Jackson says "I think if its run right...the jail can make money. The jail can actually make money, and if its run right, yeah, that's okay."

The sheriffs office will now work with an architect to develop plans for the jail. They will then present them to county commissioners for approval. 

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