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The Dane County jail started a pilot, Parenting Inside Out, in February. The 12-week program provided six inmate fathers training on parenting skills in hopes of improving family communication and reentry into home-life. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Dane County Board approved a $76 million jail project in 2017. That plan hit a snag last year and the cost of a new jail has doubled. But it’s still expected to be approved by a wide margin at the county board’s June 6 meeting. Read more

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Spirituality can help many incarcerated people turn their lives around. So faith leaders want Dane County officials to prioritize providing sacred space in the renovated jail. Read more

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Takeaways from Tuesday’s county board primaries: The race to watch this April is on the isthmus; Kelly Danner is giving 18-year incumbent Al Matano a run for his money; Brent Renteria has the best vote-per-dollar ratio of any candidate. Read more

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As Dane County Board prepares vote on a $76 million jail proposal, staff writer Dylan Brogan provides a point-by-point analysis of the project’s most contentious details. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Debate over what to do with Dane County’s outdated jail has dragged on for years. But condo owners in the historic Baskerville building say the $75 million plan to add floors to the Public Safety Building will leave them in the shadows — literally. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

The options have narrowed but Dane County Executive Joe Parisi ‏still won’t commit to a jail plan in the 2018 budget. Meanwhile, inmates continue to be housed in an outdated jail facility that Sheriff Mahoney says is inhumane and potentially deadly. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

For years, Sheriff Dave Mahoney has been calling on lawmakers to close the City County Building jail. Now, three former inmates are also filing lawsuits over hazardous health conditions there. So why won’t county officials act? Read more

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