Tompkins County Jail Expansion

Written By: Nick Quattrini
Tompkins County Jail Expansion

     ITHACA - [WENY]     It was standing room only at the Tompkins County Legislature meeting where the battle over the expansion of the Tompkins County Jail continued on Tuesday night.
     Dozens of opponents that came out to voice their concerns against the expansion, but ultimately the Tompkins County Legislature voted against the moratorium. Opponents of the expansion talked about how the projected $1M cost could be better spent on things like education, and mental health treatment.
     County Officials talked about how expansion is needed because it would limit some of the jail transfers, otherwise known as boarding out, which is caused by over population.
     WENY News spoke to County Legislator Nate Shinagawa after he voted against the moratorium.
     Nate Shinagawa said, "Its just not humane when you board out someone they are shifted about 30 miles away sometimes 1 to 2 counties over, and for some their loved ones cant see them in jail, and I think that's just wrong. So if we can find a way for people to be close to their families, I think that's an important thing."
     The expansion details are not finalized, and the Tompkins County Legislature still has to vote on the decision.