Carlton County Jail looking at enhancements

Focusing on rehabilitating re-offenders

The Carlton County Jail took a huge step today in making their jail stronger.

Numerous law enforcement stakeholders met in there today to discuss how the needs and issues the jail is currently facing.

Recently the Carlton County Board approved funding for an assessment study for the jail at a cost of $67,000.

Officials told Fox 21 today they are looking many areas of improvement including how to keep re-offenders out of jail by providing more re–entry programming for them when they are locked up.

Other areas of concern include overcrowding which affects the safety of inmates and staff.

“Our jail is over 35 years old, so it has outlived its life expectancy for a jail that is run 24–7 and also we have been experiencing overcrowding and have been booking out inmates to other counties for many years now,” said Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake.

Law enforcement officials told us that Carlton County is battling an opioid epidemic and that’s another area they want to focus on – stopping the problem when offenders are in jail.

“Much of the work that is being undertook under this initiative is going to be … understanding what we have available, what we are doing that works and what are the needs that we are not meeting to help inmates from returning to jail,” said Paul Caughlin, Carlton County jail administrator.

The study is currently in its initial phases and no timetable has been brought forth of when renovations to the jail would be made.


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