Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Thousands visit Traveling Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown Co. communities for economic growth Road and bridge work planned in county Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Brittany Stykes remembered by friends and family 2018 county budget could be cut by up to ten percent Georgetown Police Chief updates council Over 40 vendors, crafters at 2017 Annual Craft Show Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor Gaslight renovations set to begin Ripley students view mock crash at school ‘Angela’s Curbside Cuisine’ taking area by storm Fisher sentenced to 17 years for child porn possession Fundraiser for Russellville 200th Celebration May 6 Warriors claim SHAC Div. I title in ‘run rule’ fashion Vilvens’ grand slam caps off Lady Rockets’ win over G’town Rockets lead SHAC Div. II at 9-4 WBHS dedicates new softball press box Rodney E Berry Charles D Rice Jr Erma D Painter Alma Cordes Ronald D Latham Some Georgetown School staff members will be armed this fall Local Democrats host Jerry Springer at dinner Chamber of Commerce discusses development Gerald P Morel Lady Broncos capture softball program’s 5th straight SBAAC American Division title Warriors on top in SHAC Division I standings Lady Broncos take first in Western Brown Track Invite Rockets leading way in SHAC Div. II James E Newman Paul E Funk Alan Hanselman Robert V Nash III Frances L Poole Minnie E Fisher Donovan M Pope Irvin E Stiens Myrtle L Lane Ralph L Davidson August J Pace Carl R Brown Phyllis J Beard Lady G-Men complete sweep of Tigers in SBAAC Nat’l Division G-Men pluck Cardinals, 6-4 Warriors climb to 4-1 in SHAC with victory over North Adams Broncos rally in 7th for 5-4 win over Batavia Blue Jays still in search of first win Three million dollar jail expansion planned Higginsport enforcing speed with camera Unemployment rate falls in county, southern Ohio Varnau not restricted from talking online about Goldson case Rockets fall to 4-1 in SHAC with loss to North Adams Bronco tennis team tops Bethel-Tate, 5-0 Lady G-Men rise to 7-4 with win at Goshen Lady Broncos’ big bats hammer out 11-0 win over Batavia G-Men showing improvement Keith Shouse Diane L Steele August Hensley Louise R Murrell Fire strikes Mt. Orab Bible Baptist Church Grant Days 2017 attractions Man accused of sex crime, giving pot to kids Ten indicted by Brown County Grand Jury 5th Annual Rick Eagan Memorial 5K Run/Walk coming up in May Birds of Prey Three sentenced in common pleas court John H Young II Sally A Gibson

Three million dollar jail expansion planned

Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis discussed jail costs and other issues with the Brown County Criminal Justice Task Force on April 11.


By Wayne Gates – 

Brown County is preparing to spend three million dollars to expand the county jail.
After meeting for 14 months, the Brown County Criminal Justice Task Force voted to approve the plan on April 11.
“I think the committee looked at all the options and I think we’ve got a good plan,” said committee chairman Paul Hall.
Final approval by the Brown County Commissioners will be required for the project to move forward.
The project is will be done in three phases. Once fully complete, the jail will hold 110 prisoners, with 26 of them female. Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis said that another block of cells could be converted to female use if necessary for a total capacity of 38 women.
The county is now working with bond attorneys to secure the best possible financing source for the deal. Brown County Commissioner Barry Woodruff said that the county would explore payment options of ten, fifteen and twenty years on the loan.
Once a financing source is chosen, the project will be put out for bids by the county.
Phase one of the construction will involve a forty person dormitory style addition to the north end of the jail.  Woodruff said that this phase of the project should take about 14 months once the architect receives final approval. Assuming that happens fairly quickly, the dormitory could be open in the summer of 2018.
This new area would require one additional corrections officer per shift to supervise it.
With four corrections officer shifts in place for 24 hour coverage, that means that four additional corrections officers would have to be hired. That would increase annual labor costs at the jail by about $180,000 per year, according to Woodruff.
That cost, coupled with an estimated monthly loan payment of $25,000 would make the additional annual expense of running the jail approximately $480,000 per year.
However, at that rate, the county would actually be saving nearly $200,000 per year in expenses it currently pays to house prisoners in Butler and Clermont counties.
The March bill for inmate housing was $54,000. That rate tracks to a $648,000 cost on an annual basis.
Once the forty person addition is complete, the jail capacity would be at 104, with the expectation that housing prisoners outside the county would not be necessary.
“It’s cheaper to house a prisoner inside the county than outside the county. That’s the primary benefit. It also saves transportation and personnel costs,” said Ellis.
The forty person addition will be all male and for lower level and non violent offenders. This will open up additional cells in other areas of the jail to house more violent offenders.
The next step would be an addition to the sallyport area on the south side of the building. This addition would add an additional six cells when complete, including two padded isolation cells for inmates who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
The area would also offer additional storage and other administrative areas designed to take care of a jail that is nearly doubling in capacity.
The third phase of the addition will be new offices constructed on both sides of the current main entrance to the jail. Once complete, the current offices would be converted to further storage, administrative and maintenance functions for the jail.
Woodruff said he was happy with the plan because it protects local taxpayers as much as possible.
“We are not going to the taxpayers for a levy, but we still have to deal with the problem and I don’t see it getting any better,” he said.
Brown County Commission President Daryll Gray agreed.
“I’m comfortable with three million dollars.  I don’t want to tie the county up for any more than that. It would have been nice to build it bigger, but we can’t afford to do that,” Gray said.
He added that he appreciated the hard work of everyone on the task force.
“We had people from different areas of the community involved in this. We looked at every option and finally decided that it would be best to expand the jail. I’m glad we finally have a plan.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 News Democrat