Sedgwick County Considers Jail Expansion Near Coliseum

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sedgwick County is considering building a jail complex on 40 acres near the Kansas Coliseum.

County staff presented options for the land near Park City that includes the coliseum and the Kansas Pavilions to county commissioners during Wednesday's staff meeting.

One option would be to put the closed coliseum and the land surrounding it up for sale. Right now the county pays $3,000 per month to keep the coliseum maintained. Commissioner Jim Skelton wants to sell the building and land, but keep the pavilions and 40 acres for a jail complex.

Currently the county pays about $40 a day to house inmates out of county because of jail overcrowding. Bob Hinshaw, Sedgwick county sheriff, said if a jail complex is built on the land near Park City it would be a minimum to medium security facility. It would make it easier to house inmates closer to home so the county could help inmates who want to change their lives become valuable members of the community, while keeping tax dollars here.

The county is now looking for a broker to study the issue and decide how feasible it would be sell the property.

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