PD’s Pick of the Week: County Jail

Each week Progressive Dane will highlight an item at a local government meeting that we think is important. Be there if you can, pay attention, ask questions. This week's item concerns the proposed remodeling of the County Jail:

Tuesday, December 20, at 5:15pm in room 201 of the City–County Building, Mead & Hunt will present their latest proposals on the Dane County Jail system to the Public Protection & Judiciary Committee of the County Board Their previous proposal was soundly rejected by PP&J, which then formed three study groups to give them clearer direction to help to re-write the version that will be presented on Tuesday.

After the presentation, there will be opportunity for public comment. Since there isn't information available ahead of the presentation that we can study, people will want to attend, pay close attention, and try to prepare to respond to the information given.

Whether we like it or not, there is no choice but to invest in the jail, which understandably isn't popular, but what we have now simply isn't conducive to outcomes that appropriately serve members of our society who find themselves interacting with the system. We have to change it, but we have to do it in a way that will best serve our community, especially those neighborhoods and populations that are most at risk.