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Author : Ralyn
Article ID : 20
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Published Date: 2009/11/24 20:50:00
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I received a phone call a few days ago to inform me about the Mercer County Jail expansion. Until that phone call, I was totally unaware of any jail expansion, let alone any of the facts or issues on it.

I wanted to know more facts & information on the subject, especially since the jail is only 15 miles from my home. So, I sat down and did a few thorough internet searches, with very little results. I was only able to find a couple very short mentions in the Aledo Times, Quad Cities, & Galesburg newspapers - but not much real information.
I have found some facts on Mercer County Concerned Citizens Group's web site here:

We are working on gathering more information, statistics, & facts about the Mercer County Jail expansion and will be posting information as we have it. I've left a few messages at the phones listed on the Concerned Citizen's site requesting information, but have yet to receive any response.

We have started a discussion topic for the jail expansion issue in the Community Discussion Forums - we'd like to hear what you have to say about it.

Click Here to view Jail Expansion Forum

My personal opinion - I don't want to live near a federal prison, and housing federal prisoners is pretty much the same thing. Instead of trying to find ways to increase jail residents, our police force should be concentrating on keeping the jail empty.

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