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Public Comment Encouraged on Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center

Jan 19th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

The Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center’s External Advisory Group will host its next public meeting on Thursday, January 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie.  The public is invited to attend and there will be a public comment period as part of the agenda.

The External Advisory Group (EAG) meetings are designed to keep the public informed about the variety of topics related to the development of Dutchess County’s Justice & Transition Center project.   The agenda for the January 29th meeting will include updates and presentations on:

Installation of temporary housing units, also known as PODS;
RicciGreeneAssociates’ needs assessments reporting;
Special populations programming;
Creation of a new Criminal Justice Council committee focused specifically on diverting individuals with mental illness from entering the criminal justice system.

Members of the public are asked to submit questions prior to the meeting so they can be addressed during the meeting.   Those wishing to submit questions should email their inquiries to by Friday, January 23rd.   There will be an additional designated time allotted for the public to offer comments.  The public will be allowed to ask questions at the meeting, but those questions will be addressed after via email, at future meetings of the External Advisory Group, and/or on the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center project webpages.

For more information on the External Advisory Group and the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center project, please visit:


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  1. Residents and taxpayers are very tired of hearing they should
    provide input only to have it ignored by current officials. All these
    “surveys, dialogues, and forum questions,” are “for show.” Even
    people within Dutchess County government, are dismissed. As
    a taxpayer, I find this offensive.