Study: Tompkins County Jail population expected to drop

By Kelsey O’Connor
The Ithaca Voice

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The Tompkins County Public Safety Building.

The population of the Tompkins County Jail is dropping and expected to continue the downward trend.
A recent report’s findings that no new jail or expansion is needed has been welcome news to the community and legislators. Since the fall, Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research has been studying the current and projected population at the Tompkins County Jail.

Representatives from CGR presented the final report to the public and county Legislature’s Jail Study Committee. CGR has made several recommendations to further reduce jail population, as well as improve conditions within the jail and the criminal justice system. Though even if the county did nothing more, project director Don Pryor said, the jail population would still decrease.

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