When Andy Howe was attending the College of South Dakota in 1988, he began his profession in regulation enforcement as a jailer within the Clay County Jail.
Immediately, as Clay County sheriff, Howe faces the opportunity of closing that jail.
Clay County voters will determine whether or not to approve a $41 million bond bundle June 8 that may fund a brand new jail. With out it, Howe says he must shut down the present jail, components of which had been inbuilt 1912, the identical 12 months the Titanic sunk.
“I simply don’t see how, with a agency no, that we are able to proceed to run this jail,” he mentioned.
Beneath such a state of affairs, Clay County might turn into the most recent South Dakota county within the state to shut its jail.
Confronted with growing older amenities that not come near assembly nationwide requirements for housing prisoners, counties throughout the state are fighting whether or not to maintain their jails open, an Argus Chief overview discovered. The prospect of constructing new jails that meet requirements is an costly one, and South Dakota counties are restricted by what revenues they’ll use to fulfill these bills.