Sheriff Bond Proposal
On November 8th, Delta County residents will vote on a bond proposal to build a Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility. The facility will increase security, corrections officer safety, and increase the capacity of Delta County’s Correctional Facility from 85 to 160. The projected annual cost to residential tax payers would be 0.85 mils, which is $2.81/month for the average Delta County home owner. Below are the three main reasons that the Delta County Sheriff and Delta County Board of Commissioners feel that a new facility is so necessary:
Increased Inmate Capacity
Delta County’s Correctional Facility has experienced significant overcrowding issues for several years. Since the beginning of 2015, over 100 inmates serving felony sentences have been released early due to overcrowding. Additionally, the Prosecutor and Judges have to consider the overcrowding situation when deciding on both charges and sentencing. This new facility, at 160 beds, would represent 0.4 percent of Delta County’s population.
Corrections Officer Safety
The current Correctional Facility uses a linear jail design which was considered outdated in 1983. The new design will incorporate a circular “pod” design to ensure that Officers have line of site to other Officers, and that all inmates are properly supervised.
Significant Problems with Current Facility
Beyond the justice system and safety concerns, the current facility also presents significant structural problems. Pumps work 24 hours a day to prevent water and sewer buildup in the basement. Much of the building has rapidly deteriorated due to 24 hour a day use for over 50 years. Past jail feasibility studies have suggested that the cost to expand and renovate the current facility to state code, if possible, would be as much if not more than a new facility.
Below you will find links to: Questions and answers related to financial information on the project; a report from a third-party consultant on long-term jail needs in the community; and architectural designs of the Correctional Facility.
Executive Summary - PDF 29.5MB
Full Report - PDF 74MB