Henry Comments On Allen County Jail Discussions ~ Letter To The Editor

The City of Fort Wayne continues to monitor the discussions regarding a new jail for Allen County. We recognize that the current jail will not suffice, and a new state-of-the-art facility needs to be constructed. It’s imperative that the new jail be a comprehensive, restorative justice facility. It must be one that addresses mental health, addiction, and life skills as well as incarceration needs.

In addition, the public needs a truly transparent discussion with Allen County decision makers, the Board of Commissioners and County Council. Open communication and dialogue are vital. Our community deserves that. The Board of Commissioners is tasked with determining where a new jail will be located, and County Council will have to approve a plan to finance the project. This isn’t under the jurisdiction of the City of Fort Wayne.

Our preference is to see a solution and location that best meets the needs of the community while also protecting the quality of life for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. We’re encouraged by the positive momentum and growth we’re experiencing in Fort Wayne with public-private partnerships that will have a lasting and meaningful impact. New housing, neighborhood infrastructure enhancements, and hundreds of new jobs with investments in the hundreds of millions of dollars are just a few examples of how Fort Wayne is moving forward in the right direction. We don’t want to see this forward momentum be hindered in any way.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer