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Wood Co. could expand jail

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Wood County Commissioners could vote on a proposal that would renovate and expand the county Justice Center.

The proposal would cost around $2.5 million, if it's approved.

"We've been over populated for the last 12 to 15 years," Wood County Chief Deputy Eric Reynolds, said.

That means any "overflow" inmates are housed at nearby facilities, costing roughly $45 a day.

"With the wear and tear and fuel for the vehicles, overtime for deputies and the cost per day, it does add up," Reynolds said.

Renovations would take place in the minimum security area.

Reynolds says several walls would come down creating a new medium security area.  This will help deputies keep a closer eye on the inmates.

"What this will allow us to do is classify our inmates so we don't have higher level offenders housed with lower level offenders," Reynolds said.

Another big part of the proposal is going to add more space.  A storage unit, attached to the justice center will be redone and add 60 extra beds.

But until the county commissioners vote one way or the other, this is still a proposal.

No word when a final decision could be made.

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