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No definitive answers in jail study

By Anna Carrera

Published 09/25 2013 03:59PM

Updated 09/25 2013 05:35PM

URBANA -- Dozens of recommendations are on the table for improving Champaign County's Jail, but the sheriff says they're holding off on any big moves for now. An outside group just wrapped up a study. The sheriff says he agrees with some, but not all, of it. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more.

Some people say there's still a lot missing from the report. It's full of diagrams, pictures and other suggestions, but there were no specific recommendations outlined and no costs attached.

Sheriff Dan Walsh says there are a lot of good ideas about how to handle the jail population, some of which local law enforcement has already put into practice. They're looking at giving people citations instead of jail time and looking to lower the rates of repeat offenders.

Sheriff Walsh says, even if his department had all the money in the world, there would still be limitations to deal with. Walsh says some kind of remodel, redesign or reconstruction will be in the jail's future, but he wants to wait a few months to see how some of the new practices work before deciding what to do.

Another thing on the sheriff's list is getting more room for his deputies to work. Currently, they don't have the space to have full staff meetings in the building. They also have evidence stored in multiple places instead of one central location.

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