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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Kootenai County Jail Expansion

On May 10, 2005, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners awarded a professional services contract for $76,700 to KMB Design Groups, Inc., of Olympia, Washington, to study and make recommendations for the expanded Kootenai County jail design. A copy of the study can be requested under the Idaho Open Records Law from the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. Whether to fund the proposed $50 million expansion of the present Kootenai County jail will be a local ballot issue on November 8.

Another jail design company, Justice Concepts, Inc., has posted on its website a series of articles that might be helpful to Kootenai County residents in deciding how to vote on the proposed jail expansion. At the very least, the articles will help us better understand some of the issues involved in jail expansion. Here's a list of articles from the website:

Jail Bloating: A Common But Unnecessary Cause of Jail Overcrowding

Avoiding the Expense of Constructing Unnecessary Jail Capacity

Misleading Jail Bed Costs

Two Approaches for Determining Jail Needs

Forecasting: Fiction and Utility in Jail Planning


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