Commissioner Hallan Says Jail Talks Are Preliminary
In the wake of Sheriff Robin Cole intimating that the Pine County Board is considering closing the county jail, Commissioner Steve Hallan was reached for comment. Commissioner Hallan confirmed the meeting for next Thursday and said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible ways of reducing the cost of running the jail.
Hallan said a representative from the Department of Corrections will be coming to the meeting to discuss the large costs that the County has incurred in running the jail to this point.
“I’m not saying that we’re going to cut anything,” Hallan said. “The jail was built when we were averaging about 60 of our own prisoners, the trend line was going up. At the time we built the jail things were a bit different than they are now. The demand for jail space isn’t as high as it was. We’re just having preliminary talks.”