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October 28, 2016
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Rising costs bring new urgency to jail decision

The Sullivan County Jail administrator, Hal Smith, explains details of the transportation obligations of the jail to county legislators as Sheriff Mike Schiff listens.
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He asked why the jail must be built in or near the county seat. Lawmaker Scott Samuelson said it was because of the cost of transporting prisoners to courts and various appointments.

Benson noted that inmates are transported to all 15 towns in the county.

Jail administrator Hal Smith said that is true, but most of those transports are to the Town of Thompson court, the Village of Monticello Court and the county court. He said, “Yes, we do go to the Town of Rockland, but we go there once a month and we probably take two people. We probably go to the Town of Lumberland once every four months with one person. We go to Cochecton maybe three times a year.”

No other lawmaker voiced support for placing the new prison in Fallsburg.