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Allen County Board of Commissioners – October 25 jail update

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (News Release) – The Allen County Commissioners release the following updates on the process to identify a location for a new county confinement center:

  • To date, the Commissioners have researched and vetted eight properties in Allen County
  • Of those, four properties have been deemed not viable for a number of factors, ranging from poor soil conditions to a lack of accessible utility services to suboptimal land configuration
  • The Commissioners continue to research the remaining four properties

As previously mentioned, the Commissioners are leading an intensive, comprehensive process through which they are judiciously evaluating potential properties through a matrix built around a set of 9 criteria – five relating to location proximity, and four relating to other key factors.

The criteria the Commissioners and their partner are using to assess potential locations are:

  • Proximity to medical facilities: Is the location close to existing hospitals or mental health facilities?
  • Proximity to county judicial facilities
  • Proximity to law enforcement and county municipal offices
  • Potential impact on existing or future resident or commercial development
  • Existing utilities and other critical services
  • Capacity to allow for increased traffic and unimpacted transportation of inmates
  • Potential acquisition cost
  • Parcel size and layout

For continued updates on this process, and for more information on each of these criteria, visit allencounty.us/jail.

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