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New Justice Center Project


Click HERE for a recording of the Justice Center Presentation at Paxton.  

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Click HERE for a recording of the Justice Center Presentation at Brule.  Meeting starts about 11:30 in.

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Footprint and Site Plan (Click on the picture to open a larger version)

2023_1012 - Keith Co.-Justice Center Footprint   

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Upcoming Meetings

Keith County has scheduled three final presentations:

Ogallala High School on March 20th at 7:00.
Brule Activity Center on March 26th at 7:00.
Paxton School on March 28th at 7:00.  

We will do ZOOM at all meetings as well for those that choose not to attend in person.  There will be no questions on the ZOOM, you will just be able to watch.

Ogallala

Keith County is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Keith County's Justice Center Presentation - Ogallala High School Fine Arts Center
Time: Mar 20, 2024 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3719670516?omn=83544018262

Meeting ID: 371 967 0516

Brule

Keith County is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Keith County's Justice Center Presentation - Brule Activity Center
Time: Mar 26, 2024 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3719670516?omn=83951582074

Meeting ID: 371 967 0516

Paxton

Keith County is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Keith County's Justice Center Presentation - Paxton School
Time: Mar 28, 2024 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3719670516?omn=81713075865

Meeting ID: 371 967 0516


Potential Facility Income (Click HERE)

  • This forecast considers potential income the new jail will likely be able to make during the time between opening and when Keith County’s inmate population “grows-into” the jail in 15-20 years.
  • This forecast assumes a future 72-Bed Facility will be constructed and is sized to handle Keith County inmates until Year 2040.  A 54-Bed jail would need to expand or transport inmates starting in Year 2031.
  • It is standard practice to size a new jail facility for 15-20 years in the future, to avoid heavy transportation of inmates during a time while a county will also be paying for the 20-year jail construction bonds.
  • While 15-Years might be worrisome (too near), this project is appropriately sized and provides the county with good option-paths for the future.
  • Currently, national trends have shown inmate population growth “leveling-off” or “plateauing”, but these trends are heavily tied to urban-centers with a delay of 10-15 years for more rural jail facilities.
  • If the Keith County inmate population “levels-off” between years 2035 and 2040, the 72-Bed jail will be well-sized, except during Summer months of peak demand due to Lake McConaughy. (Keith County’s inmate population can increase by 50% during peak times during the Summer, based on the 2020 Needs Assessment, but these times may be only weeks or weekends in duration)
  • If the national trends fail and inmate population growth continues, the County has selected a large-enough site, and the project planners have “pre-designed” a jail expansion (only additional beds with and security overwatch).  This protects the initial investment to be made this year, by allowing the new facility to safely operate well into the future, regardless of inmate population growth trends.
  • If growth trends “plateau” in the near term (unlikely), Keith County’s 72-bed jail should better accommodate Summer Peak demands for some time (Summer peak around 60 inmates in Year 2024, 75 inmates by 2031) with an ability to house some out-of-county inmates during Spring, Fall and Winter months (with additional income found beyond the attached forecast).
  • The forecast Boarding Charge (charge to surrounding counties with their inmates held in Keith County’s Jail Facility)
  • Charge was recommended by one of Keith County’s jail inspectors.  Average of Lincoln County’s Charge and Scotts Bluff County’s Charge of $67.50 from the 2020 Jail Needs Assessment.


Area Tax Levy

  • Keith – 0.225367
  • Perkins – 0.266177
  • Deuel – 0.457478
  • Garden – 0.478772
  • Arthur – 0.223094
  • McPherson – 0.252940
  • Hooker – 0.244671
  • Grant – 0.271752
  • Lincoln – 0.286776

Jail Inmate Transport Expense Forecast

What is it?

One forecast transports all Keith County inmates (Close & Transport) while the other forecast allows for Keith County to Hold 14 Inmates in the current jail while transporting overflow inmates above that level (Hold & Transport).  Both forecasts project costs 20-, 25-, and 30-Years into the future, but it is important to recognize that these expenses will continue beyond the forecast range, until a new facility is sized and built to prevent the regular need to transport inmates to surrounding counties.

                  Hold and Transport

                  Close and Transport

Estimated Future Inmate Expenses


Jail Needs Assessment Study

Early in 2020, the Keith County Board of Commissioners issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for architectural and planning services for a Needs Assessment Study “to determine current and future capacity requirements and costs associated with the construction of a new detention facility.” In March 2020, a proposal was submitted by a project team consisting of Davis Design, DLR Group, Specialized Engineering Solutions, and Bill Garnos, a nationally-recognized jail consultant. In April 2020, the project team was interviewed by Keith County via video conference. Following award and contract negotiations, the project began in June 2020.

The study began with data gathering and analysis, including:
  • Inmate population data from the Nebraska Jail Standards Division;
  • Demographic data from the Center for Public Affairs Research at the Nebraska State Data Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha;
  • Data on crime and arrest trends from the Nebraska Crime Commission; and
  • Criminal case filing trends from County Court and District Court annual caseload reports.
Jail Needs Assessment Study for Keith County Nebraska


Building Growth In Keith County 2021-2023

         Click HERE for building permit numbers for Keith County
         outside of Ogallala, Brule, and Paxton.
         

Paper on Jail
Please click on the photo of the paper to check out the article from the December 6th Keith County News.


What is the cost to me???
       Tax Impact of the Proposed Justice Center
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