The city’s Public Safety Sub-Committee met on Tuesday, September 16, to discuss several public safety agenda items.
Among the topics discussed was whether or not the city should build its own jail for the purpose of housing misdemeanor suspects.
Members of the city’s budget and research staff were present to give the financial perspective. PLEA President Mark Spencer along with community activists Donna Neil of NAILEM and Ann Malone of Require the Prior.org were also present and spoke out against the city of Phoenix building it’s own jail.
Construction of a city jail would be cost prohibitive, a logistical nightmare, and would bring about the potential for tremendous additional liability.
After hearing all of the information presented, the Public Safety Sub-Committee voted unanimously against construction of a city jail.
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