Webster County to host open house, meetings on proposed new jail

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an open house Wednesday night for community members to see the state of the current jail, the oldest in Nebraska.

There will also be informational meetings on the proposal to build a new jail. They will be held at the Guide Rock Community Center at 5 p.m. and at the Red Cloud Community Center at 7 p.m.

In the meantime, Sheriff Troy Schmitz took to Facebook to answer a few common questions about the new jail.

The sheriff believes the annual operating budget will remain nearly the same for the new jail, but medical costs can throw a wrench into it.

“Medical costs are always difficult to budget because it changes from year to year,” he said. “We have a good year with healthy inmates, and then the next year we have several ER trips in a year, and that tends to get very expensive. The trend of current inmates is that they all have some degree of mental illness, and so they are always on more medication.”

Adams County is also building a new facility, which should be completed in a year.

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