Saturday, January 6, 2018




It’s beginning to look a lot like a jail, but for Sullivan, it’s what’s inside that will count

Smith, left, and Engle in one of the cell blocks

MONTICELLO – The generic term for a jail or prison is “correctional facility” and that will be more apparent when Sullivan County’s new jail goes on line next year. Construction of the 304-bed jail on a 10-acre site just outside Monticello is past the half-way point.

During a tour with county legislators this week, jail Administrator Hal Smith and Project Manager Nate Engle noted up-to-date practices that will be standard when inmates move in.

Smith said that includes properly preparing them for a return to society.

 “Well that’s the hope is that we’re going to bring them here and teach them some basic life skills and hopefully they will take that to the street and become a better, productive member of society.”  Schiff said they did not have to look far for examples, including Dutchess County, planning a new facility which will be called a “Justice and Transition Center.”

Engle, the project manager for LeChase construction, said there have been fewer issues that would be typically expected with a project of this size.

“Teamwork, communication and overall, really all team members have been cooperative,” Engle said.

Sullivan County’s Public Works Director, Ed McAndrew, agreed.

“Meet regularly and everybody works well together at this point,” McAndrew said.

Engle said they are a bit ahead of schedule at this point.  McAndrew, a bit more cautions, said he’s pleased to just be where they should be, with completion by late fall.

The $72-million project is also under budget.

The jail will be a self-contained secure facility with no detached perimiter fence


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