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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Contact:
Don Krupp, Chief Administrative Officer, 360-786-5440
Robyn Sederberg, ARC Project Manager. 360-357-2488

Groundbreaking Set for Accountability and Restitution Center


OLYMPIA – The public is invited to the groundbreaking for Thurston County 's new satellite corrections facility in Tumwater.  The event will be held at Noon on Friday, November 30th in the Mottman Industrial Park near the county's Family and Juvenile Court and the Coroner's Office.

The Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) has been in the planning stages for several years and is the culmination of a multitude of meetings and other interactions with the public, all jurisdictions within the county and the Law and Justice Community.   Construction costs are estimated at $35 - $40 million and will be funded through voter-approved detention sales tax revenues.

Thurston County Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp says the new corrections facility will help solve a problem that has plagued the county for decades.  "We have dealt with severe overcrowding at the current county jail for many, many years.  It was never designed to hold so many inmates and the infrastructure is falling apart.  The ARC will allow us to address the overcrowding and many of the associated issues.  It is the most cost effective, long term solution that we could design.  It will also contribute to public health and safety, and the citizens have told us that is a very high priority."

The 100,000 square foot, one-story facility will be built on property owned by the county at 3285 Ferguson Street SW in Tumwater.  Physical Elements of the ARC include:

- Central booking/intake/assessment/release/transfer
         - Central kitchen
         - Video appearance court
         - Central medical
         - Central control
         - Building support
         - Jail administrative offices
         - Inmate housing currently planned to be:
              - 4 64-bed dormitory units
              - 1 64-cell unit
         - Inmate programs

The ARC is tentatively scheduled to open in 2010.  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3