Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says he envisions a mega-jail that would serve multiple counties, but its early in the brainstorming process.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Donahue's idea would see several counties "pool their resources and house their inmates in a centralized facility" with Canyon County at its core.
“It automatically cuts down on the cost to the taxpayer, it cuts down on operation, because you’re sharing the cost,” Donahue told the Press-Tribune. “I think anyone who would not be for that would be missing the boat. If we can consolidate resources, every county wins.”
In particular, Donahue said the mega-jail would house inmates for Idaho's 3rd Judicial District, which includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties.
The chief reason for the consolidation, Donahue said, was the deterioration of Canyon County's existing jailhouse.
“That building — that jail — is the greatest exposed liability for the entire county. Period,” Donahue told the Press-Tribune. “There’s nothing else that matches that exposed liability to the taxpayer.”