The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie hosted a well attended informational jail forum on October 9, 2013. In response to the report issued by the DDWC’s Jail Committee, Diane Jablonski, chair of the committee, was invited to be a panelist along with County Executive Marc Molinaro and Mary Ellen Stills, Director of Probation for Dutchess County. The forum was moderated by John Penny of the Poughkeepsie Journal and was also streamed by the Journal. Full coverage and video of the forum can be found on http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20131011/NEWS01/310110038. The complete report is on our website.
The Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus (DDWC) recently engaged in a nine-month study to consider the proposal by County Executive Marcus Molinaro to build a new county jail. The proposed jail would be the largest capital project ever undertaken by the county.
Our analysis has not supported the conclusion that the savings involved in eliminating housing-out costs justify the building of a new jail.