Correction Facility Advisory Commission discusses recommendation for new jail

Commission members representing the cities expressed concern regarding the preliminary capital and ongoing operational cost estimates for the new facility

VANCOUVER — The Correction Facility Advisory Commission (CFAC) a volunteer advisory commission tasked with evaluating options to replace the county jail, this week discussed potential costs of the facility and how to move forward with a recommendation to the county council.

Commission members representing the cities expressed concern regarding the preliminary capital and ongoing operational cost estimates for the new facility. Several commission members said more research was needed on this issue and indicated they would like to be a part of that process.

The commission will move forward with a recommendation to the county council that emphasizes the agreement between members on what the new jail should look like for the community. Commission members said the recommendation should also highlight the potential costs and financial components of the project for the county council to consider.

“As we wrap up our process, we want to provide a recommendation that will give as much assistance as possible to the county council,” said Craig Pridemore, commission chair. “It’s important the councilors have the details needed to make decisions.”

CFAC has 24 members representing law and justice, community services, social services, business, neighborhoods, cities and labor. The commission held its first meeting in April 2018 and is on schedule to turn over its findings to the county council later this summer.

For more information, go to www.clark.wa.gov/councilors/correction-facility-advisory-commission.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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