Regional
5:06 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Christian County Considers New Jail

Christian Co. Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp
Christian Co. Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp
Credit http://www.christiancountyil.com/sheriff.htm

Christian County officials say they may need a new jail to replace an aging facility that's often overcrowded and has a bad roof and leaking pipes.  
The jail in Taylorville was built in 1975 and was originally designed to hold about two dozen inmates. It's since been updated, but some weekends has as many as 60 inmates. When it's that crowded, some inmates have to sleep on the floor on mats.  
Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says the prison is ``busting at the seams.''  
A committee of community leaders is expected to hold a meeting next month to explore what to do about the aging facility.  
Still, Kettlekamp says any decision about what to do about the jail is likely several years off.