The Saline County Jail is a 192 bed facility. In 2018, the average daily inmate population reached 269 inmates. Since October of 2011, inmates have been housed in other jails outside of Saline County to combat the over crowding issues. Since then, the total cost of out of county housing is $5,012,670.
The current Saline County Jail has the capacity to hold 192 inmates. There are 40 beds that remain from the Jail that was constructed in 1962. In 1992 a 1/2 cent sales tax passed and an additional 152 beds was constructed, totaling 192.
As of December 2018, the amount that has been spent on just contract housing and travel is $5,379,254. In 2018, the average number of inmates per day that was housed outside of Saline County was 86. Saline County has current contracts for inmate housing with Graham, Rooks, Mitchell, Washington, Cloud, Ottawa, McPherson, Butler, and Ford counties. Currently, it cost $35 per day per inmate to house in another county and that price is subject to change should a contracted county determine to increase their cost and require a new contract.
2011 (Average Daily Population 225) - The National Institute of Corrections (Federal Bureau of Prisons) was contacted to complete a criminal justice system review.
2012 (Average Daily Population 217) - A consultant was hired to complete a needs assessment.
2013 (Average Daily Population 221) - Drug Court was established.
2014 (Average Daily Population 242) - A $46.5 Million Criminal Justice Complex/Jail expansion was put on the ballot for a 1/2 cent increase to the sales tax. This effort failed.
2015 (Average Daily Population 238 - The Jail Reduction Committee was appointed by the Saline County Board of County Commissioners
2016 (Average Daily Population 258) - Continued efforts of the Jail Reduction Committee, Drug Court, and Inmate Programs
2017 (Average Daily Population 278) - Continued efforts of the Jail Reduction Committee, Drug Court, and Inmate Programs
2018 (Average Daily Population 268) - Consultant hired to complete a needs assessment. Pre-Trial Services Program was approved.
2019 - Pre-Trail Program was implemented. Architectual & Engineering Firm, TreanorHL was hired. Construction Manager at Risk, Turner was hired.
The Inmate Population Analysis that was performed by Voorhis-Robertson Justice Services resulted in answering several questions; Who is in jail? Why are they in jail? How long have they been in jail? and What is the reason for release?
Recommendations were provided, such as the Pre-Trial program that was implemented in April of 2019. Two other recommendations were review of the court hearing dockets and decision making reviews on sentencing that have not been implemented. Regardless, the results of this analysis provided information that the Jail infrastructure needs to be expanded and provided recommendations on what that future capacity should be.
One scenario projects a need for 417 beds and another, 338 beds. These projected numbers are based on the assumption that the Pre-Trial program, changes to the docketing and sentencing decision making make a impact on managing the average length of stay.
Option 1 - Continue contract housing (estimated $1 Million per year).
Option 2 - Renovate the existing Jail and build a new Booking/Release Center off-site
Option 3 - Renovate the existing Jail and add capacity at the current site
Option 4 - Build a new facility at a different location
There may be additional options that have not yet been discovered; however, there is no "no cost" option.
* January 30, 2020 (Thursday) @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Johns/St. Francis Campus
110 W. Otis
* February 27, 2020 (Thursday, time and location TBD)
* March 19, 2020 (Thursday, time and location TBD)