Johnson County justice center proponents present revised plans
Proponents of the Johnson County Justice Center aren't giving up quite yet.
Johnson County officials held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the newly revised proposal of the Johnson County Justice Center after an earlier version failed to pass in November, and local residents filled nearly every seat in courtroom 2A at the Johnson County Courthouse.
The referendum in November needed a super majority vote with 60 percent of the public voting in favor of the center — but only 56 percent approved it. But the Johnson County Board of Supervisors are not taking no for an answer.
After board members made revisions, the bond referendum cost came down $3.3 million from a previous cost of $46.8 million.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek told *The Daily Iowan* he thinks some Iowa City residents still do not fully understand the needs of the jail.
“If you want to unclog the jail and reduce the occupation you got to consider legalizing murder, rape, [and] robbery,” he said. “If you want to legalize those, that’s who’s in jail, but that’s not reasonable.”
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The piece of evidence allegedly contained notes from Justin Marshall, who faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the slaying of John Versypt on Oct. 8, 2009.
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Whether it is a bite to eat or browsing for a new book, Iowa City’s downtown and North Marketplace serve families and students alike. With this in mind, a safe environment is crucial.
Melsahn Basabe could return to the starting lineup this week, but he’s been a key player coming from the bench this year.
Senior all-American Jordan Huff has competition with a freshman that’s on the rise.
While the Daily Iowan Editorial Board does not necessarily share all of the concerns raised by opponents of the Chauncey, we do believe that the City Council has consistently failed to act with interests of all parties in mind.