by Carol Thompson
The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.
The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.
Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.
“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”
Legislator Art Ospelt said he had checked into the expansion and added that it would cost approximately $10 million due to new requirements imposed by the state.
New facilities must have 100-square-feet of space per cell and each cell must have a skylight, according to Ospelt.
“I would like to point out that back when we built it, we were supposed to have all kinds of room to bring in our own prisoners and other prisoners, too,” Ospelt said.
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