Kootenai County has had an inmate overcrowding problem for a number of years forcing it to house inmates outside the county since 2006 at a cost of millions of dollars, according to a story in the Coeur d'Alene Press.
On Wednesday, county commissioners heard a presentation from Rocky Mountain Corrections on what is involved in that company constructing a new jail with private funds. One commissioner said if the company can build the facility and it costs the county less money to house inmates there, it is an idea clearly worth considering.
Even if built privately, the jail would be leased and operated by the county.
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