Repairs continue at the Otsego County Jail


Talks about building a new correctional facility in the future

COOPERSTOWN N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Still no inmates at the Otsego County Correctional Facility. The inmates were sent to facilities in nearby counties.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with the New York State Commission of Corrections, the Otsego County Chairman of the Board of Representatives, Engineers and Health and Safety Officials to properly repair the facility.

With the amount of repairs that need to be done to the 30-year-old facility, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin says he has had conversations with the County Board of Representatives about building a new correctional facility in the future. “I think if county wants to properly have the latest availability on how we do corrections now, that they would need a new building — we have a linear facility which is not how corrections is done anymore,” says Devlin.

Housing the inmates in the other facilities is costing Otsego County everyday. “We’re getting charged 80 dollars a day approximately per inmate. We’re spending right now between three to four thousand dollars daily,” said Devlin.

Inmates will be housed at the Otsego County Jail when repairs are finished. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-February.

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