Warren County considers what to do with outdated jail

MONMOUTH, Illinois- Warren County now has two options to consider. They can build a new jail, or move inmates to another county.

The options the county is considering came primarily from a cost assessment done by the city to determine what to do with the outdated jail.

Officials say the county would have to raise taxes to pay for a new facility and voters would have to approve it. However, allowing another county to handle inmates also costs money and isn't necessarily cheaper.

County leaders say it's crucial to start getting a plan in place now.

The chairman hopes to have a formal recommendation for the county board in early 2020. The board will then decide which option to pursue.

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