Since the first report issued by the DDWC jail committee in September 2013 much has happened to progress with the County administrations plan of building of a new jail. The jail committee has been diligent in following the County’s actions and researching the issues related to the jail and mass incarceration on a county, state and national level for well over a year. In light of the impending vote on May 12, 2014 to commit to a new jail by 1/1/2019, the DDWC has issued this addendum to inform the taxpayers about what the County administration is doing.
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.