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Editorial: County needs a new jail, and we don’t need to wait

The Nelson County Jail is 30 years old and grossly overcrowded.

Built in 1987 at 810 W. Stephen Foster Ave. to replace a 19th century jail in the downtown area, the “new” jail was constructed to house about 100 people and serve a county with a smaller population than we now have. The jail now, as a matter of routine, has a population that exceeds 150 and overcrowding is a way of life. This is particularly true for the facilities for women.

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