Funding for new Dutchess jail up for vote

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature is expected to vote tonight on whether to bond some $192 million to build a new justice and transition center, replacing the ancient county jail in Poughkeepsie.
Less than a year ago, with state permission, the county placed modular housing units adjacent to the jail to house inmates instead of shipping the overflow to other jails around the state. But, County Executive Marcus Molinaro said if the bond is not approved tonight (Monday), the state will withdraw the okay to house the overflow inmates in the modulars and will require that the county lodge them elsewhere again.
“Our proposal will, over the course of 27 years, will cost a total
of $274 million, but the alternative is to go back to inmate housing in
other counties will cost us in excess of $310 million,” Molinaro
said.
The bond proposal requires a two-thirds majority by the county legislature.