Citizens voice concerns over Canyon County Jail bond

Posted at 11:23 PM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 13:47:11-04

CANYON COUNTY — At Tuesday's Canyon County jail bond town hall meeting, community members voiced concerns about the cost.

“My daughter, she’s a mother of two, she’s a homeowner and she struggles as it is now,” said a community member.

Canyon County Officials says that cost would be just over 90 dollars per year based on $100,000 of taxable property.

“Her home is valued over 200,000. That additional 200,000 dollars is taking a lot from her,” said a community member.

Authorities says more than seven-hundred men and women currently are on pre-trial release in Canyon County.

“But these are people that the judges know we do not have spaces in our jails so we have done a risk assessment and part of them we haven’t done a risk assessment and when do complete a risk assessment, they do not meet the criteria of someone we recommend to be out on pre-trial release,” said Daren Ward, Jail Commander Captain, Canyon County Jail.

Ward says this presents a public safety issue for the community.

In the three times they've tried to pass this measure, the majority of the community in Canyon County did not support the bond to build a new jail.

Canyon County Jail and commissioners are presenting the $187 million bond to the public May 21st that would provide a new jail facility of more than 1,000 beds to serve projected needs over the next 30 years or more.

The new jail would be west of Caldwell near the interstate and on us Highway 20/26.