Citizens of Eau Claire Co. Oppose Jail Expansion
We the citizens of Eau Claire County urge the Eau Claire County and City Boards to consider the long-range needs of our county and city and to hear and respect the concerns of its people. We oppose the current plan to expand the courthouse and jail between First Avenue and Second Avenues and between Lake Street and Grand Avenue. To more effectively serve the immediate and long-term needs of the people of Eau Claire County, we demand that the County and City Boards examine: 1) Alternatives to the Demolition of Homes (historical, family and affordable rental housing) in the Courthouse District neighborhood and request that the board re-examine Recommended Plan #2 (split campus) 2) Alternatives to Housing Prisoners Next to Court such as Video TeleConferencing for all communication except final sentencing (secure and saves inmate transportation costs) 3) Alternatives to Incarceration: more research into the economic and social benefits of treatment and social services for non-violent offenders. 4) Suggestions Previously Dismissed by the County that meet the financial, logistical and security demands of the county and city.