Wood County officials are saying they need to spend $56 million on a new jail to save money. Twenty years ago a new jail would have cost $20 million – now, the price tag has almost tripled. Sheriff Sean Becker points out that lack of space is forcing Wood County to spend $1.3 million-a-year to keep 90 of its inmates in other jails. A new corrections facility would be one of the biggest investments the county has made in years. The project would add 87 beds bringing the jail’s capacity to 225. A public meeting on the issue will be held May 26th at Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School. If approved, work could start next year.

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