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Spiffy new jail too expensive to open
United Press International ^ | March 16 | upi

Posted on 03/17/2006 7:29:09 AM PST by george76

A $59 million jail featuring art and flat screen TVs in Portland, Ore., has been sitting unused for more than a year as the city can't afford to open it.

The Wapato Facility took two years to construct and can house 525 inmates at a cost of $20 million per year, ....

The county spent more than $600,000 on art for the jail, including a sculpture out front by the circular driveway.

There are 30-foot vaulted ceilings and private showers.

"I love coming to an empty $59-million jail," Giusto told the Los Angeles Times. "I get tired of telling people how dumb we are."

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1 posted on 03/17/2006 7:29:13 AM PST by george76
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To: george76
"I get tired of telling people how dumb we are."

I don't think he has to tell anybody.

2 posted on 03/17/2006 7:30:44 AM PST by scott7278 (Livin' the life some consider a myth,)
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To: george76
The county spent more than $600,000 on art for the jail, including a sculpture out front by the circular driveway. There are 30-foot vaulted ceilings and private showers.

This is suppose to be a jail??

3 posted on 03/17/2006 7:31:20 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: george76

Isn't Portland, Ore. a people's republic?


4 posted on 03/17/2006 7:32:11 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Mo1

Don't you know? Without $600,000 worth of art, it's considered cruel and unusual punishment.

Welcome to Bizarro World.


5 posted on 03/17/2006 7:32:52 AM PST by scott7278 (Livin' the life some consider a myth,)
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To: Mo1; Salvation

From the peoples republic of Portland, Oregon


6 posted on 03/17/2006 7:33:08 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mo1

Oh I don't know. Maybe a sculpture of a good hanging would be okay with me.


7 posted on 03/17/2006 7:34:31 AM PST by misterrob (Islam is a hate crime)
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To: george76

House the corrupt officials that built the place.

Idiots.


8 posted on 03/17/2006 7:34:57 AM PST by George from New England
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To: george76
59 million to build 20 million a year to operate.....how much is a lethal injection cocktail (I think its about 400 bucks)...you do the math
9 posted on 03/17/2006 7:35:06 AM PST by xpertskir
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To: scott7278

They do not want to hurt the criminals feelings...unlike Sheriff Joe Arpaio with his tent city in Maricopa County, Arizona.


10 posted on 03/17/2006 7:35:09 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

The real story is that campaign contributions and bribes were made and contractors made big bucks and workers got employed. These projects are usually bonded out and the state and Feds might be paying for some of the construction costs.


Running the jail comes out of a different fund. Namely current expenditures


11 posted on 03/17/2006 7:35:31 AM PST by dennisw (-Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this evil conman-)
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To: ncountylee

That's Republik.


12 posted on 03/17/2006 7:36:07 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: george76

Funny, but I always thought jail wasn't supposed to be fun.


13 posted on 03/17/2006 7:36:42 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: george76

Gee how sad. And I'm sure all those inmates were looking forward to having their own sleep number beds too.


14 posted on 03/17/2006 7:37:52 AM PST by Millee (Don't make me get out my voodoo doll out!)
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To: xpertskir

Stupid is as stupid does.

If they do not want us to think that they are stupid, then they should not do stupid things.


15 posted on 03/17/2006 7:38:37 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Fresh Wind

Flat screen tv's ?

Get me one.


16 posted on 03/17/2006 7:40:06 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

They could just fly them to MidAmerica Airport...there's plenty of room there.


17 posted on 03/17/2006 7:40:44 AM PST by scott7278 (Livin' the life some consider a myth,)
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To: george76
Cost of sending one inmate to Wapato prison per year: $39,000.

Cost of sending one child to Princeton University for a year: $41,000.

Fascinating.

18 posted on 03/17/2006 7:41:21 AM PST by wideawake
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To: george76

CORRECTION:

"I get tired of telling people how dumb and/or corrupt democrats are."


19 posted on 03/17/2006 7:42:24 AM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: george76

They should turn it into a homeless shelter. At least get some use out of it.


20 posted on 03/17/2006 7:47:17 AM PST by SC DOC
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To: SC DOC

Or move in some of the Katrina refugees who are still tying up expensive hotel rooms.


21 posted on 03/17/2006 7:50:50 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SC DOC

Yeah, that'll give it that nice earthy, crappy smell.

Along with the reeking odor of ammonia.


22 posted on 03/17/2006 7:51:33 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: george76

Link Here

23 posted on 03/17/2006 7:51:41 AM PST by BJungNan
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To: SC DOC
It could also be made the only place to vote in this city.
People would love to see first hand how their taxes are spent.
24 posted on 03/17/2006 7:53:07 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO")
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To: proudpapa

Your tax dollars at work. /s


25 posted on 03/17/2006 7:54:13 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Sounds like they could use a few lessons from this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio


26 posted on 03/17/2006 7:54:56 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: george76
Further evidence that liberalism is a mental illness...

Portland -- a city with too much time on their hands, and too much taxpayer's money to squander...

De-fund the left......

Isn't Portland the city that gave us the stupid and racist Chief Moose of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. fame?

Semper Fi
27 posted on 03/17/2006 7:57:37 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: george76

Speechless. $600,000 for art. for a jail.

I have no response to that.


28 posted on 03/17/2006 7:57:45 AM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket; Grampa Dave

Joe Arpaio is wonderful. He gets it.


29 posted on 03/17/2006 7:57:47 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
The county spent more than $600,000 on art for the jail, including a sculpture out front by the circular driveway.

There's a reason. Public projects in the area must give a percentage of the cost to the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Much of the art money didn't even go into the prison, instead into projects such as these at nearby lakes.


30 posted on 03/17/2006 7:58:45 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: george76

Portland also tore down a jail because it was too close to the freeway at 205 and Gateway.


31 posted on 03/17/2006 8:01:07 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: Ramius

Nothing too good for a repeat criminal.

Felons need wall to wall carpet, private bathrooms, nice views... /s


32 posted on 03/17/2006 8:02:29 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: river rat

Unfortunately it's not just Portland, there is a garbage dunp near Seattle that was forced by code to have a piece of artwork designed for it. Hundreds of thousands of dollars to grace a dump.

Amazing.

DK


33 posted on 03/17/2006 8:03:43 AM PST by Dark Knight
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To: showme_the_Glory

Too much highway noise ?

The repeat felons could not sleep ?.../s


34 posted on 03/17/2006 8:04:11 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Spiffy!? Hey, I might like this jail. :^)


35 posted on 03/17/2006 8:05:17 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: george76

Maybe they should build a theme park next to it and say it's a themed luxury hotel.


36 posted on 03/17/2006 8:05:39 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: george76

That they can't open it is immaterial. Everybody who was supposed to benefit from this publicly funded gravy train is fat and happy. Mission accomplished.


37 posted on 03/17/2006 8:06:40 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: antiRepublicrat

Heh. Art that replicates nature... placed out in... nature...

Apparently nature just isn't nice enough for them and they think they need to dress it up a little.


38 posted on 03/17/2006 8:09:10 AM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: george76
Flat screen tv's ? Get me one.

It's like that comedy skit with Jeff Foxworthy where he and some friends got themselves thrown in jail over the weekend so they could watch some sports event on the jail's big TV.

39 posted on 03/17/2006 8:13:08 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: scott7278

Exactly.

This reminds me of the thread yesterday about the sponger in England who had 14 children, with more on the way, his wife AND his mistress living with him, as well as a preggers Golden Retriever, and he was complaining that the welfare office would not provide him with a bigger home to house his families.


40 posted on 03/17/2006 8:24:54 AM PST by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: Dark Knight

Austin, Texas does the same thing. When they built our new fire station, we were able to get them to simply make the fencing more decorative and have custom lights put up. I suggested a really kick-*ss flag pole, but they wouldn't go for that.


41 posted on 03/17/2006 8:28:42 AM PST by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: antiRepublicrat

'git 'er done.

And a large sports bar.


42 posted on 03/17/2006 8:37:33 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: George from New England

House the corrupt officials that built the place.

Idiots.


Great idea. That is the same bunch of idiots that tried to force homosexual "Marraiges" on the public a while ago...

They keep getting re-elected though...


43 posted on 03/17/2006 8:40:53 AM PST by Bean Counter ("Stout Hearts!")
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To: george76
"I get tired of telling people how dumb we are."

No, not dumb, criminal. The "people" who keep these officials in office are the dumb ones.

44 posted on 03/17/2006 8:41:06 AM PST by PLOM...NOT!
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To: scott7278

"Don't you know? Without $600,000 worth of art, it's considered cruel and unusual punishment."

Some politician/bureaucrat's boyfriend/girlfriend is an "artiste" so arrangements were made.


45 posted on 03/17/2006 8:44:37 AM PST by dljordan
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To: george76

That jail sounds more lavish than my house. What do inmates need with art and flat screen tvs? A cot and a toilet is all they need.


46 posted on 03/17/2006 8:45:59 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: george76

THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!!


47 posted on 03/17/2006 8:46:23 AM PST by Lazamataz (THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!!)
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To: George from New England
House the corrupt officials that built the place.

Maybe that was their intention all along (hey, if we don't get away with this, this is where we'll end up, might as well make it livable for us)...now the officials are laughing all the way to the bank.

48 posted on 03/17/2006 8:46:59 AM PST by PLOM...NOT!
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To: Mo1

The artwork is a rule the government types operate on around here. If they build a public building, a certain percentage of the cost has to be invested in really bad public art. It is a subsidy for lazy and untalented artist, and it makes leftist feel like they are doing something to improve the culture they are actually killing.


49 posted on 03/17/2006 8:50:53 AM PST by Busywhiskers (Democrats est delinda.)
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To: Dark Knight
Hundreds of thousands of dollars to grace a dump.

As is with most 'art' today, it would be hard to tell it from the trash in the dump.

50 posted on 03/17/2006 8:51:36 AM PST by 11Bush
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