By Tim Kowols
Regardless of when or where it gets built, the future of potential state prison in Kewaunee County will not affect the county’s plans to build its own jail facility. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Joint Finance Committee did not include a proposal to close the Green Bay Correctional Institution in favor of a newer facility in the state budget. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the uncertain future of the state prison in the area has had no effect on their study of what they would like to include in their facility and how to change their approach to incarceration.
Joski says the timeline for the new county jail will be based on the feelings of the community, the pace the Kewaunee County Board would like to move forward, and the amount of money willing to be committed to the project. Assembly member David Steffen (R-Howard) has introduced a standalone bill in hopes to still close the GBCI and open a privately owned but publicly run state prison.