As we’ve seen recently, the scourge of opioid drugs has arrived in Kennebec County, destroying lives and families, and creating a need for additional jail space.

Patsy Crockett, the newest county commissioner, started in her position six months ago but she quickly recognized that there was a way to add the needed space without building an additional jail. Working with Sheriff Reardon, they have found a way to convert recreational space at the jail into at least 21 additional jail beds.

In doing this, the county can reduce the need to board-out prisoners to other county jails, saving about $100 per night on each — a smart move addressing two big problems. Crockett deserves to be elected to a full term.

Katherine A. Drake

Manchester


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