City Times Staff
Sheriff Lukas has announced his plans to create a tent city to alleviate jail overcrowding.
Plans are underway to revert a parking lot south of the current Law Enforcement Center into a 200 person all-weather tent style camp, housing mostly minimum and Huber (work release eligible) inmates.
Lukas called the plans “economical” and a “quick solution” to the county’s inmate housing problem, and estimates it will save the county coffers more than $500,000 annually.
The idea, Lukas said, is based on the infamous “tent city” at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. But the new food program, he said, was based on First Lady Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Initiative.
The new meal service would eliminate pizza, hot dogs and anything else considered remotely delicious from the menu.
“If we have inmates eating turkey burgers and whole wheat taco shells, that would drive our recidivism rate down to almost zero,” Lukas said.