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Vancouver City Council gets overview of Clark County Jail

first_imgClark County’s blue ribbon committee meets Tuesday for the first time to begin a six-month review process focused on replacing the county’s aging jail.The committee features 24 regional representatives, including Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and City Manager Eric Holmes.Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop gave the Vancouver City Council an overview of the jail’s issues and what he described as an overwhelming need for replacement Monday evening. He called the commission’s timeline aggressive, but for good reason.“It’s an aggressive timeline because our population in our community is rapidly expanding and our main jail is deteriorating,” Bishop said. “We need to have options soon.”As Bishop briefly mentioned, the commission will consider five proposed options that range in cost from $63 million to $284 million. It’s estimated that the jail will need anywhere between 1,109 to 1,260 beds by 2036, according to a study conducted by the DLR Group in 2017.Built in 1984, the jail has 300 beds, and serves about 400 inmates a day on average, Bishop told the council. Figures from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs show the average daily number of inmates at a much higher rate — an average of 711 inmates a day in 2017.last_img

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