News conference against proposed southeast side jail set for Wednesday afternoon

First public meeting to discuss possible new jail
First public meeting to discuss possible new jail(wpta)
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:31 AM EDT
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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Local organizations have planned a news conference Wednesday afternoon to voice concerns about Allen County Commissioners’ proposal to build a new jail on the southeast side of town.

The Help Not Handcuffs Coalition and ChangeMakers Fort Wayne are holding the ‘“No New Jail Southeast, and No New Jail, Period!” People’s’ Press Conference and Campaign Launch’ at noon at Citizens Square, at 200 E Berry Street downtown.

The rally comes after a federal judge has ordered the county to address overcrowding issues at the jail’s current location. The commissioners have decided the best way to meet the judge’s order is to build a new $300 million jail, which they have recommended be built on the southeast side of town.

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During the commissioners’ meeting on July 29, several community members attended to voice concerns about the proposed jail site at the corner of Paulding and Adams Center Roads.

“Somebody gives us 60 acres and we are more than happy to look at it. Nobody has stepped to the plate at this point and said, ‘here’s 60 acres to build a jail on,” Commissioner Peters said.

At this time, discussions on where the new jail will be built are still ongoing.

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