WARSAW — Women in the Kosciusko County Work Release Program will be moving from their current residence at the jail to the men’s work release center off of Center Street. The move is scheduled to occur tentatively the beginning of March.
Men on work release have been residing in the former hotel off of Center Street for about 16 years. According to work release director Larry Holderman, due to issues with overcrowding in the Kosciusko County Jail, women in the program will move into a separate wing at the work release center.
Holderman estimated around 10 to 12 women are in the work release program at a time. This move will result in an entire cell block at the jail opening up to male inmates.
The program has hired four females to assist with the women in work release. The jail had room for 16 women in work release, this facility will have 14 bedrooms, with space for 28 women.
The work release center has the capacity to hold up to 110 residents.
In preparation for the move, the center has recently gone through some remodeling. The front entrance and offices in the front area of the building have been remodeled and a room for residents to spend time during the day has been added. Additional security measures have been incorporated as well.