[Editor’s Note: After this story aired, a member of the County’s Public Protection and Judiciary Committee reached out to clarify that, while budgeting issues are at play, the committee’s vote to postpone the jail project was in order to revisit and plan social and racial justice reforms associated with the project.]
Last week, Dane County Board chair Analiese Eicher announced that the county would be delaying a new jail facility due to budget issues.
The decision temporarily, and unintentionally, achieved one of the goals of Proposed County Resolution 145, also known as the Doyle Resolution.
The resolution, introduced in July, seeks a permanent halt on the construction of the new jail facility and substitutes a series of alternative measures meant to reduce the jail’s population and provide mental counseling services.
For the details on the resolution, and how the decision to halt the jail affects it, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Dane County Supervisor Elizabeth Doyle, the original sponsor of the Resolution.