Webster County proposes replacing Nebraska’s oldest jail

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Webster County is looking to replace Nebraska’s oldest jail, built in the late 1800s.

The sheriff and county commissioners say the current jail is no longer safe for inmates, staff or the public.

The building in Red Cloud has only two cells and can only hold 10 inmates.

If an inmate needs to isolate, the jail can only hold six prisoners.

In addition, electrical and technological problems that make it difficult to ensure public safety.

“We want to make sure we provide law and order and a safe and secure environment for Webster County,” Sheriff Troy Schmitz said.

A new facility would cost a pretty penny to build, but the county says it would save by not having transport inmates to other facilities and back.

Voters will decide whether to move forward with a new jail in the Nov. 8 election.

The county will host several informational meetings before then, including one on Sept. 28 at the community center in Blue Hill.

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