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State Commission Reports On Cortland County Jail

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The State Commission of Correction released its report Friday (February 8) on the Cortland County Jail, outlining a multitude of repairs that need to be made in order to reopen the facility to inmates.

That report included a letter signed by the chair of the Commission, which officially reduced the Maximum Facility Capacity (MFC) of the jail to zero during a special meeting in Albany this past Thursday (February 7).

Work is expected to begin this week on the jail’s roof, which was the main source of the problem a few weeks ago when major leaks in it caused flooding in various areas of the jail. Cortland Sheriff Mark Helms said last week a full replacement would begin as early as today. (SEE THAT STORY HERE)

But fixing the roof will only be the beginning.

The state’s report included a list of requirements need to be met in order to reinstate the jail’s capacity, including sweeping repairs and verification from engineers and other experts the entire process.

Once those requirements have been met, the State will do an on-site review prior to make any decisions.

Of course, stay tuned with X101 as this whole thing develops.

Another special joint committee meeting of the Cortland County Legislature’s Judiciary/Public Safety and Buildings/Grounds Committees has been planned for February 20 on the issue.

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