Kansas– Douglas County officials have produced a new $23 million estimate for expansion and modernization of the local jail. The Douglas County jail project would entail a new central south tower with up to 112 additional beds. The tower could be constructed with four cell pods with a capacity of 28 beds each, or with three such cell blocks and a medical bay.
Currently, the jail has 186 beds and the new addition would combat overcrowding, allow for inmates housed in other county jails to be relocated, restore space for re-entry and work release programs, and increase safety. After approval is received by county commissioners, county officials will solicit a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a construction manager who would help firm up cost estimates and, eventually, handle the expansion under a construction manager at risk method.