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Monday, March 19, 2018

Keep citizens informed of jail expansion plans


Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article on the jail expansion in the Ranger-Review on March 6, 2014.

The article referenced that the jail, from an economic standpoint, could be used as a regional jail and charge other counties from Montana and North Dakota to house their inmates; perhaps even federal inmates may be necessary for the jail expansion to be sustainable.

This statement surprised me, as these practices have been on-going for years. The U.S. Marshals have had a contract with the correctional facility for a number of years.

Also when an out-of-county law enforcement officer brings in a prisoner that county pays the jail a daily rate for the days the prisoner is incarcerated.

According to a Ranger-Review article dated March 8, 2014, the Key Stone Pipe Line could bring up to 4,000 people involved in its construction.

I feel that the jail/bed expansion is needed for the correctional officers to safely handle the numerous prisoners coming into the facility. The expansion should be for beds only at this time.

If the jail expansion is passed in November, there should be a completion date set by the county commissioners.

The architect will hopefully present a finished picture and the plans of the expansion to the voting public so they may look at them and ask questions prior to the election.

Please keep the voting citizens of Dawson County informed on the expansion plans; they need to make an informed decision in November.

The approval of the jail expansion is needed. Lets not get caught behind the curve of escalating problems. We need to look to the future now, as there will be trying times ahead.

Hopefully Dawson County will be ready for the onslaught when it comes.

Robert R. Keiser

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