Work release subcommittee member and Howard County Board of Commissioners President Paul Wyman said he is excited about possibly implementing a work release program.
“After we toured the facility, our committee and the state feel good about the facility and the potential for it to be a work release,” he said. “We think it’s a great reuse of one of our existing buildings.”
Wyman said he expects the facility to have some start-up costs, but funding shouldn’t be an issue.
“Initially there will be an investment requirement from the county,” he said. “We don’t know what that number is yet. In talking with [the department of corrections] and the council, we’re pretty confident we’ll be able to put some of our money into it.”
The Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board started considering opening a work release center for the county in September. Since then, community corrections has looked into a few different facility options in addition to the old jail site.
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