The Dane County Jail consists of three separate facilities – the top floors of the downtown City County Building, originally built in the 1950’s, the 1980s vintage public safety building next door and the Ferris Center out by the Alliant Center. Law enforcement professionals have long sought to consolidate these operations, and last year the county board hired a consultant team — Madison engineering firm Mead and Hunt and New York-based criminal justice analysts Pulitzer-Bogard to evaluate the jail and recommend options. The report was released last week. The price tag of the new building has now jumped from an original estimate of 85 million dollars to a projected 135 million dollars. That sixty percent hike has Dane County board members, including chair Sharon Corrigan, set on their heels. Here to explain the need and the options on the table is the man who runs the jail, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney.
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