Community voices resounding ‘no expansion’ at jail meeting

By Kelsey O’Connor
The Ithaca Voice

ITHACA – As a study of the Tompkins County Jail pushes ahead, many community members have made it clear they are not in favor of an expansion. Instead, many advocated for more services in the community to address issues such as substance abuse and mental health.

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Consultants from CGR gave a presentation at a recent Tompkins County Jail Study Committee meeting, at which many of the 20 people who spoke voiced objections to an expansion of the county’s jail facility.

The Jail Study Committee, charged with analyzing the jail population and recommending solutions, recently hosted a special informational meeting to update the public on the status of the study and also hear feedback.
It was standing room only in Tompkins County Legislative Chambers during the meeting. The committee and public heard a short presentation by CGR, a consulting organization based out of Rochester, contracted to study the county’s current and projected jail population. CGR is also factoring the effectiveness of alternatives to incarceration programs in its research.

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