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Neall drops plans to build a new jail Existing facility to be expanded


Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall has abandoned plans to build a new jail in Glen Burnie, opting instead for a $71 million addition to the existing Detention Center near Annapolis to solve its overcrowding problem.

The addition is to be built in three phases over six years and will double the jail capacity to 1,200 inmates.

Mr. Neall is to present the jail proposal to the County Council Monday when he submits his capital budget. Thomas Crabtree, president of the consulting firm that recommended the plan, briefed council members yesterday.

The council recommended last year that the jail on Jennifer Road be expanded instead of building a new facility on a different site after encountering vigorous community opposition at each proposed location.

"This bears out what we've been saying from the beginning," said Councilman Carl G. Holland, a Pasadena Republican who advocated keeping the jail at Jennifer Road. "I back this plan 100 percent. I think it's terrific."

Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, an Annapolis Democrat who has opposed the Jennifer Road plan, could not be reached.

The expansion proposal means Mr. Neall "will not renew" his efforts to build a 650-bed jail on New Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie, said Dennis Parkinson, the executive's chief administrative officer.

The recommendation came from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Inc., a Harrisburg, Pa., consultant. A 1990 study called for a $110 million high-rise at the Jennifer Road site that would house nearly 1,450 inmates.

Mr. Crabtree, company president, told council members yesterday there was no point in building that many beds now. The addition "reduces the scale of the project substantially and at the same time keeps all of your options open to you."

Mr. Parkinson said county officials are confident that the state will pick up half of the cost.

The addition will be built in three phases. First, a $17 million one-story, 196-bed addition alongside the existing Detention Center, then a second and third story in the next two phases.

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