A renewal of the joint powers agreement between the Douglas County Jail and Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) was approved for 2013 at the May 8 county commissioners meeting.
The agreement with DOC allows the county to house inmates at the jail who are participating in the work release program – and make a profit while providing the service.
As part of her ongoing Senate work on law enforcement issues, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar recently pushed for bipartisan legislation to address the growing problem of inmates using smuggled cell phones to orchestrate crimes from inside prison.
The city of Alexandria is now taking the lead on the project to build a joint law enforcement center at the new jail. That's just one of the developments that unfolded at Tuesday night's Alexandria City Council meeting.
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