Archive for Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All Johnson County inmates now housed in county jails

January 26, 2010

For the first time in over 21 years, all inmates in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are being housed in Johnson County. For the past two decades, inmates were farmed-out to county jails across Kansas due to over crowding in the county but after opening Phase II of the New Century Adult Detention Center, Johnson County has enough bed space to accommodate all of the inmates in custody.

This milestone is part of an overall plan to reduce costs to the county by saving an estimated six million dollars per year in costs associated with housing inmates outside of Johnson County due to overcrowding. Over the past several years the Sheriff’s Office has averaged 200 to 300 farmed-out inmates per day.

The Phase II addition was dedicated on September 18, 2009. This latest addition to the county jail system added 554 beds to the New Century Adult Detention Center. Phase II includes 384 medium and minimum custody beds, 72 special needs beds, 50 maximum security beds and 48 segregation beds to hold an additional 554 inmates in Johnson County. This addition creates a total of 1087 beds in the Johnson County jail system including 817 at the New Century Jail.

As part of the current jail plan in Johnson County, the Olathe Adult Detention Center has been closed for remodel and all staff from Olathe are now reassigned to the New Century Adult Detention Center. The cost of the remodel will be approximately $25,000,000 and will include technology upgrades, infrastructure upgrades, exterior upgrades and enlarging of the booking, intake and classifications areas to accommodate the over 17,000 inmates booked annually into the Johnson County Jails. The Olathe Jail has been operating 24 hours per day for almost 22 years since opening in August, 1988.  This is the largest renovation to the facility since its opening.

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