By Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A planned jail expansion in Campbell County will include a substance abuse program intended to help curb the county’s heroin problem, county officials said.

The northern Kentucky county expects to seek bids by the end of April on the estimated $7 million project at the Campbell County Detention Center, The Kentucky Enquirer ( reported.

Reconstruction is expected to take 18 months, and Jailer Jim Daley said he hopes to have a substance abuse program operating when the space opens, likely around January 2017.

Northern Kentucky has been hard hit heroin addiction.

The county’s jail expansion will add 104 beds in three pods as well as 32 isolation beds, a control area, training room and multipurpose room for programs including substance abuse treatment.

Daley said the jail needs space because it is continuously over its capacity of 425 regular jail beds. Campbell County also is teeming with inmates arrested on heroin-related charges or offenses such as theft and burglary that stem from addiction.

The percentage of heroin inmates to those jailed on other offenses is usually more than half. For example, on April 17, the jail held 479 inmates and 261 were in for heroin-related charges or admitted to the jail upon entry that they had a heroin addiction.

For more than a year, Daley and Judge-Executive Steve Pendery have talked about creating an evidence-based, best-practices substance abuse program. They have invited Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl into the conversation, and the two jailers say they are working together to initiate an effective and sustainable program.

“We have to,” Pendery said. “The dimensions of the heroin problem that we face are huge.”

While Carl doesn’t keep track specifically on heroin inmates in the Kenton County Detention Center, he said that on a recent day the jail had 685 inmates, with about 50 percent in for drug-related charges.

The hope, the jailers said, is to have a men-only substance abuse treatment program in Campbell County and eventually add a women’s program in the Kenton County jail.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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