Walworth Co. jail proposal doesn’t work for Dewey County

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Walworth Co. jail proposal doesn’t work for Dewey County

So far, Walworth County’s proposal for six counties to help build a new jail at Selby doesn’t pencil out for Dewey County.

At the Dewey County Commission meeting on October 8, Walworth Co. Commissioner Kevin Holgard presented a proposal which would cost each county $50,000 per year for three years to build a new 40-bed jail, or remodel the existing jail. That amount would guarantee each county 210 prisoner days a year, and additional days would be $95 a day. If they don’t buy into the proposal, the daily rate would be $175, Holgard said.

Dewey County no longer operates its own jail, only a holding cell where prisoners are held for a short time awaiting release or transport.

The figures at right show that for the past three years, Dewey County has spent an average of $23,165 per year to house prisoners out of county, most at Selby. That was for 509 days in 2016 (420 in Selby), 230 days in 2017 and 113 days in 2018.



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