CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) Canyon County commissioners in southwest Idaho have signed closing papers to buy land where the county plans to build a temporary jail, which could eventually be replaced with a permanent jail.
The county on Friday decided to pay $1.7 million to buy about 26 acres off U.S. 20-26 in an area northwest of Caldwell.
A group of area residents the Community Advisory Group studied possible sites and selected the one the county purchased.
The temporary jail a warehouse-type building with dormitory-style bunks will hold about 200 inmates, officials said, with construction soon to begin. The exact cost was not immediately available, but commissioners have set aside $12 million. They said it will help reduce overcrowding at the existing jail, which has 629 inmates but only 523 beds.
For a permanent jail to be built, voters would have to approve a bond. Last year, they rejected an $80 million bond proposal. Commissioners said they are considering resubmitting a proposal.