A Matter Of Opinion

Jail Time: Will it be near you?

Our editorial today talked about the county's planning process for a new jail.

The county has launched an ambitious plan to present voters, in November 2008, with a bond issue to pay for a new detention facility to be in place by 2013, when Geiger's property lease expires. The county wants to build a detention facility and system that will endure for 25 years. They don't yet have a final plan – or a price tag – but they are in full-speed-ahead mode.

Here are 10 of the proposed locations. What are your thoughts on the best place for a new detention facility? Blog lines are open this cold, cold morning.

•County campus – county land adjacent to Spokane County Jail.

•ORV Park – County parks land on Sprague Road in Airway Heights.

•Raceway Park – private property on Hayford Road in Airway Heights.

•Playfair – city-owned site between Sprague and Trent avenues.

•STA-Fair and Expo – Spokane Transit Authority property next to Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

•Medical Lake Interchange – privately owned land north of I-90 at Medical Lake exit.

•Tschirley-Spokane Industrial Park – County-engineering property at Tschirley Road and north of Euclid.

•Flora-WSDOT – State Department of Transportation land at Flora Road and north of the Spokane River.

•Cheney – city of Cheney property on Anderson Road, southeast of Cheney.

•Sunset Highway-Russell Road – privately owned land north of Sunset Highway at Highway 2.

Source: Spokane County





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