Author: Sergio Ossorio
As it plans an expansion to accommodate its growing inmate population, the Middle River Regional Jail also finds itself in need of more funding to cover healthcare costs of those incarcerated there. The issue was discussed at both the MRRJ Authority Board meeting on Feb. 3 and a finance committee meeting last month.
As is the case in many communities across the country, food security for students and their families is a growing concern for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Last November, the division was recognized with an award from the No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign for the second year in a row.
If the $96.5 million expansion plan that the Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board just submitted to the state becomes reality, Harrisonburg’s share of the cost would total $9.8 million, according to city staff. As one of five member jurisdictions of the regional jail authority, Harrisonburg funds the jail’s operational and capital costs based on its share of the total inmate population.
The Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board is moving toward adding 400 beds and voted to submit to the state the most aggressive expansion design — a more than $96 million renovation that would add a new medical area and renovate the kitchen, mental health center and the dormitory.