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Jail solution within city isn't off the table

Responding to our Sunday editorial calling for better cooperation among Sedgwick County and Wichita leaders to solve the jail overcrowding problem, City Council member Lavonta Williams called The Eagle editorial board to second the sentiment, underscore the city's engagement and add that USD 259 should be at the table, too, because any proposed site for a new work-release or day-reporting center also would affect neighborhood schools. "I just think that we need to look and weigh all options," Williams said. Regarding County Commissioner Gwen Welshimer's suggestion last week that "the city is not going to accommodate us anywhere within the city limits," Williams said: "I just think that we have not said 'no place within the city limits.'"