Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Say They Will Steward County Funds Wisely Despite Potential Lost Revenue

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office say they will do their best to steward county funds despite potential lost revenue from immigration holds. The Dodge County Board voted this week in favor of closing the old jail at years end and also against building an expansion onto the newer detention facility. The nearly 60-year old structure, which is outdated and plagued with issues, typically houses 85 work-release inmates and allows the county to house detainees from the U.S. Marshals and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the newer jail. The contracts bring in roughly $2-million dollars in revenue annually. Chief Deputy Scott Mittelstadt says while the new facility can hold up to 358 inmates which means the infusion of prisoners from the old jail should still leave some room for contract beds, there are still lots of unknowns. He says there is a possibility that the U.S. Marshals decide that it is not worth the risk and move all immigration holds. Mittelstadt says everything will be done to keep lines of communication of open with federal agencies. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Mittelstadt explained why it is not wise for jails to reach 100-percent occupancy. He says there needs to flexibility for moving groups of inmates around based on classification or safety concerns. The county’s decision not to expand the jail only impacts the 2019 budget and can be revisited again in the future.