Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski wants residents armed with the facts before they head to the polls in November to vote on the proposed justice complex.
Sheriff Kochanowski told KSAL listeners this week that the Sheriff’s Office website is a great place to start, “Go to salinesheriff.org and right in the middle of the page they can see the Criminal Justice Complex tab”, he said.
“There’s an area on there where they can ask a question and we will respond to them immediately.”
Records show a historically high number of inmates in custody at 280, with 213 in the jail and another 67 being housed outside the county – but still paid for by Saline County tax dollars.
The Sheriff says the facility, which was built to hold 192 inmates is dangerous for staff and inmates.
The Sheriff added that residents can vist and learn first hand what some of the the challenges the courts and his staff are facing.
“I encourage people, if they don’t know what we’re talking about, please make arrangements with the courts, with community corrections to come in and actually walk through their areas and see what they’re going through,” he said.
“Not a one has adequate space – or has adequate safety to do the jobs that they have to do.”
The proposed Criminal Justice Complex would combine a 344 bed jail with court services and county attorney’s offices under one roof at a projected cost of $46.5 million dollars.