Madison County leaders say the jail upgrades that will be paid for on a piecemeal basis are still in the works, and an architect has been tentatively approved in committee. The county’s Buildings and Facilities Management Committee picked AAIC by a 4-2 vote this week. The full county board will vote on the choice next week.
An $18 million bond issue to fix the facility was shot down by voters in 2014, but Madison County Administrator Joe Parente tells The Big Z the County Board, for the most part, understands the need for the jail upgrades.
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The jail, which was originally built to house 50 prisoners, now holds 300 thanks to a series of additions. Some of the equipment dates back to 1980 when the jail was built, and is deteriorating. In other cases, it is costly to replace aging parts that routinely fail.