Brian Massie, Citizen Journalist
At the November 29th Commissioners’ meeting the County Administrator, Jason Boyd, gave a very professional presentation on the planning stages for the new Lake County jail. As of right now, the facility is going to be known are the Lake County Public Safety Center.
The estimated cost is $151 – $171 million with $22 million included for contingencies. The interest rate is estimated to be 5%, so the overall estimated cost will be in the range of $300 million. This will be the largest construction project in Lake County’s history. It will take approximately 24 months to complete the project, and it is hoped that construction will start in 2023.
The existing jail facility will be demolished and replaced with a parking garage.
The Commissioners are considering an increase in the sales tax to pay for the new “Safety Center”. there will be two public hearings to discuss the sales tax issue. Tuesday, December 20, at 9:00 am (inclement weather alternative date December 22nd at 0:00 am / Tuesday, December 27th at 9:00 am (inclement weather alternative date December 29th at 9:00 am) at the Commissioners’ chambers, 105 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio.
Mr. Boyd stated that for every month the project is delayed it will cost the taxpayers $1 million per month.
Here is the recap of the ROM [Rough Order of Magnitude] for the overall project cost.
The new jail will incorporate the latest thinking in criminal justice. We found some very interesting statistics about prison incarceration in the following website:
“…we rethink the treatment environment of the prison by highlighting strategies for developing cognitive behavioral communities in prison—immersive cognitive communities. This new approach promotes new ways of thinking and behaving for both incarcerated persons and correctional staff. Behavior change requires changing thinking patterns and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based strategy that can be utilized in the prison setting. We focus on short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations to begin implementing this model and initiate reforms for the organizational structure of prisons.”…Brookings Institute
“The prison population is largely drawn from the most disadvantaged part of the nation’s population: mostly men under age 40, disproportionately minority, with inadequate education. Prisoners often carry additional deficits of drug and alcohol addictions, mental and physical illnesses, and lack of work experience.” [Travis, Jeremy, Bruce Western, and Steven Redburn, (Eds.). 2014. The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. National Research Council; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Committee on Law and Justice; Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.]
LFC Editorial Comments:
Where do the problems originate? In our opinion, the basic traditional family structure has been destroyed, and our public education system is a disaster. We have failed the children, and society as a whole.
Just consider these statistics from the book “Crimes of the Educators” [ pages 26 and 27]:
- Eighty-one percent of American eighteen-year-olds are unprepared for college course work.
- More than a third of all Americans, 43 percent, read at the lowest tow literacy levels according to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. (NAAL).
- In 2009 nationwide, 67 percent of fourth grade students, 75 percent of eighth students , and 74 percent of twelfth grade students were not reading at a proficient level according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
- Seventy percent of those in prison and 70 percent of those on welfare read at the two lowest literacy levels according to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey.
Our research into the proficiency scores of Lake County’s middle and high schools, indicate that most of the public schools have lost their focus on the three R’s, and now are merely “woke” social justice indoctrination camps.
The Ohio State School Board does not even discuss proficiency scores, and local school board members are not even aware of their own school district’s proficiency scores. However, the “Don’t tell your Mom, it will be our little secret” pronoun policy is acceptable to far too many school board members. Grooming of the children into perverse lifestyles is now acceptable in many public schools.
What Lake County taxpayers should remember is that they are being priced out of their homes while supporting these indoctrination camps formerly, known as public schools, that are meant to usurp parental rights. They believe that the children belong to the State, and parents are merely breeders and placeholders.
So the taxpayers must pay for the public indoctrination schools that produces students that cannot read or do basic math. We then get to pay $300 million to build a jail to house those that were not educated by the public indoctrination centers. We then fund entities, such as, the ADAMHS Board, so they can hire the drug and alcohol counselors and GED instructors to try to “cure” people that are addicted.
This is a never-ending vicious cycle that will never be solved because too many people are earning their living supporting this madness. People providing the services get rich, the lawbreakers are still with us, and the average citizens gets priced out of their homes because of ever-escalating costs.
Former Commissioner Ron Young was right all along: