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1 Policy Research Shop Support for the Policy Research Shop is provided by the Ford Foundation and by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. Policy Research Shop Grafton County Correctional Facility An Analysis of Options for the Old Grafton County Jail The contents of this report were developed under grant P116B from the U.S. Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. By: Richard DAmato, Marissa Greco, and Michael Sanchez

2 Policy Research Shop Goal To provide a comprehensive explanation of viable alternatives Grafton County has for dealing with its currently outdated jail. Benefits and drawbacks are considered for each alternative.

3 Policy Research Shop Case Studies Demolish existing facility Renovate facility for other use Use facility for its historic value

4 Policy Research Shop Case Studies Demolish Existing Facility Carroll County, NH Knox County, ME

5 Policy Research Shop Case Studies Renovate Facility For Other Use Cheshire County, NH Merrimack County, NH Somerset County, ME York County, ME Addison County, VT Essex County, VT Windsor County VY

6 Policy Research Shop Case Studies Use Facility For Its Historic Value Hancock County, ME Lincoln County, ME York County ME

7 Policy Research Shop Options for Grafton County Old jail section: – Costs of demolition New jail section – Juvenile corrections/Weekenders facility – Community outreach center – Farm-to-School Pilot Program – Alternative energy research plant – Complete overhaul – Historical preservation – Level the entire facility

8 Policy Research Shop Old jail section Oldest part of jail built in 1897 Run-down, dilapidated structure Steel piping runs vertically through center of structure, renovation costly Cost of demolition: $125,640

9 Policy Research Shop New Jail Section Cost of demolition: $128,025 Costs of basic renovation: $286,826 – Only includes costs of bringing building up to code (sprinklers, fire alarms, roof repair, etc.)

10 Policy Research Shop Juvenile Corrections/Weekenders Facility Related purpose, minimal renovation costs New Hampshire currently only has one juvenile corrections facility Grafton County has no separate facility for weekenders Relatively cheaper than other options, as infrastructure does not need to be changed

11 Policy Research Shop Community Outreach Center Large open spaces can be used as classrooms, group counseling sessions, youth play areas Renovation costs relatively low, structure easily adaptable for use as center Significant cost is cost of running center

12 Policy Research Shop Farm-to-School Pilot Program Connects the jail building to the local farmland Educational program that benefits local farmers as well as members of community Produce sales, agricultural programs for farmers Potentially cost-neutral after renovations

13 Policy Research Shop Alternative Energy Research Growing trend in sustainable renewable energy in US New technologies, high skilled jobs, educational tools Long-term technological benefits Cost Neutral?

14 Policy Research Shop Complete Overhaul Total renovation of the structure into something completely new Can be done by the County or sold to private organization Some ideas: restaurant, hotel, gym Costs uncertain

15 Policy Research Shop Historical Preservation Preserve just the old section, tear down newer section, and turn old section into historical monument More popular during times of government surpluses, economic growth Relatively cheap renovation costs

16 Policy Research Shop Level the Entire Facility Total cost, including reseeding: $403,932 No recurring costs No future benefits to the community

17 Policy Research Shop Conclusion Find an alternative that will benefit the community but that is also reasonably cost effective and makes responsible, beneficial use of the countys taxpayers dollars – Consider benefits and drawbacks of previous correctional facility renovations – Consider which alternatives are within reason for Grafton County Correctional Facility


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