- The Washington Times - Monday, January 28, 2002

Extra security at the Alexandria jail for terrorist suspects like John Walker Lindh and Zacarias Moussaoui is expected to cost the city about $2 million, its mayor has said.
Because the federal government sends many of its national-security cases to the federal courthouse in Alexandria, the city for decades has detained high-profile federal inmates, including CIA spy Aldrich Ames and FBI spy Robert P. Hanssen.
The city jail's recent arrivals of Moussaoui and Lindh have necessitated an extra layer to already tight security, and that comes with a price tag.
For a city with an annual budget of $400 million, $2 million is a significant amount, but Mayor Kerry Donley, a Democrat, says he is optimistic the federal government will cover much of the expenditure.
Indeed, Rep. James P. Moran, the Virginia Democrat who represents Alexandria in Congress, said he has been assured by the U.S. Marshals Service that it will cover the costs incurred by the city in its efforts to beef up security.
Officials aren't discussing all the details of the enhanced security, but some are obvious. Outside the jail, just a few blocks from the courthouse, visitor checkpoints and an 8-foot-tall chain-link fence topped off with razor wire have been added to boost security for the eight-story, rust-colored brick building.
Visitor parking has been pushed farther away from the jail.
"We've just extended the security perimeter outside," Alexandria Sheriff James H. Dunning said. "We've broadened it, we've hardened it to some extent."
Most of the enhancements, Mr. Donley says, are one-time costs that will leave the jail better prepared in the future.
"We anticipate there will be more of these cases in the next three to five years," Mr. Donley said.
City residents have raised few complaints about the recent procession of notorious inmates, he added.
"Any inconveniences are relatively minor when weighed against the attack on the World Trade Center, what New York has gone through or the attack on the Pentagon," Mr. Donley said. "It's our patriotic duty to be the seat of justice. Alexandria is more than willing to play this important role."
Mr. Moran, a former Alexandria mayor who was in office in 1987 when the present jail was built, also said constituents had no complaints.
"I get feedback, but it's positive feedback. I think we're all kind of proud to be known as the Rocket Docket," said Mr. Moran, refering to the nickname for the Alexandria courthouse, stemming from its reputation for swift, no-nonsense justice. "This is the court that gets business done, and a lot of folks are proud of that."

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