Commissioner Hallan Says Jail Talks Are Preliminary

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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.”


  1. PC Mom 08/29/12 at 10:43am

    Never hurts to have a meeting to discuss cost savings. I’m sure they won’t close the jail- If they do I’m sure all of us taxpayers will be quite enraged!

  2. Come On 09/2/12 at 10:56pm

    Come on, why was this place ever built in the first place, we didn’t need it, it was never built right in the first place, none of the mechanical equipment is right, it was a joke from the start.
    So now we built this so the judges could have fancy court rooms,we didn’t need the jail space, so what do we do now, get rid of the judges, and tear the new jail down, it’s not a very built building anyway, and move back into the jail, maybe investigate the folks involved with this, to find out why it was built in the first place..

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