Bursting at the seams: Johnson County work-release program needs reworked



A program that allows convicted offenders to work while serving their sentence needs a new building.

Some of the walls in the Johnson County Community Corrections facility need to be replaced because they are damaged.

The building doesn’t have enough room to separate offenders whom officials don’t want together. And the 10 spaces available for female offenders are constantly filled.

County officials have talked about expanding the work-release facility for years, either by moving the program to a new building or renovating the building it’s in now. But with the Johnson County jail routinely facing issues of overcrowding, the expansion may have to happen sooner than officials expected, the director of the program said.

Now, a committee has been formed to decide what kind of expansion the work-release program needs.

Community corrections director Albert Hessman said the expansion will not happen for at least a few years, but he thinks the committee is a first step in starting the project.

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