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Dauphin County opens new Judicial and Booking Center

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | May 3, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Dauphin County is opening a new facility for processing crime suspects.

The building in Swatara Township will also offer treatment and counseling.

The new $4.2 million "Judicial and Booking Center" near the Dauphin County Prison will house a courtroom and caseworkers.

Leaders say counseling for drug and alcohol abuse and other issues that could lead to crime will be made available to suspects.

Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste says the program aims to keep people out of prison, and keep them from breaking the law in the future.

"When somebody goes to jail, that's totally real estate tax paying for that," Haste says. "If we can get them going through treatment and other programs, as opposed to going to jail, it saves taxpayers' dollars."

Haste says the new center will also make it easier for police from multiple municipalities to book suspects in one place.

He says officers will be able to drop off suspects and get back to other duties more quickly.

The nearly 15,000 sq.-ft. center also has video conferencing capabilites so judges will not have to travel to the facility.

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