Tompkins County Legislature Rejects Request For 1 Year Hold on Jail Expansion
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tompkins County Legislature Rejects Request For 1 Year Hold on Jail Expansion
Tompkins County lawmakers have struck down a request for a one-year delay on plans to expand the Tompkins County Jail.
In an 11-3 vote last night Tompkins County Legislators rejected a proposed moratorium on a proposed 7 bed expansion at the jail.
Nearly 50 people attended the meeting, many of the attendees urged lawmakers to delay action on the expansion and instead focus on alternatives to locking people up.
Expansion opponents says increasing the capacity of the jail is further investment in a broken, racist criminal justice system. Supporters of the project say it is simply a way to contain costs, currently the County is forced to send inmates to other jails due to a lack of space.
Several lawmakers said they supported the jail expansion because it would allow inmates access to county services if they are incarcerated. 
The planned expansion will cost County taxpayers $900,000.
While they rejected the one year hold on expansion plans lawmakers have formed a special task force to study ways to reduce the jail population, the task force is expected to report its findings in six months.
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