News Release

October 31, 2014      

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Colleen Pillus, Communications Director

Dutchess County External Advisory Group to Meet for Update on Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center
Thursday, November 6th at Dutchess Community College

Poughkeepsie...The Dutchess County External Advisory Group will host its first public meeting on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. at Dutchess Community College in Bowne Hall, Room 122.   The External Advisory Group (EAG) was formed to serve as a citizen advisory group to provide feedback through the development of the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center and share updates with the broad community.   The EAG meeting is open to the public.

The November 6th meeting agenda will include: 

  • Introduction from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
  • Update on public outreach and communication tools for the EAG
  • Update on the installation of the temporary housing units at the current Dutchess County Jail site.
  • Discussion of the DCJTC Project Team
  • Update from the Special Populations Workgroup, which is working directly with Alternative Solutions, Inc. to determine the best ways to address the needs of Dutchess County‚Äôs special inmates populations (including women, juveniles and those with mental health and/or substance abuse issues) in both the temporary housing units and in the design of the new DCJTC facility.
  • Group discussion, including sharing feedback from the community.

The EAG is a diverse group of individuals from various sectors of the community and is chaired by former New York State Senator Stephen Saland. The EAG serves to ensure that the concerns and feedback from the community are heard and incorporated into the decision making through the development of the DCJTC.

Future meeting of the EAG will be held in the Dutchess County Legislature Chambers at the Dutchess County Office Building in Poughkeepsie on a monthly basis. The final monthly meeting schedule is still to be determined. Once complete, it will be posted online at with other information about the External Advisory Group and the Dutchess County Justice Transition Center project.

For more information, or to ask questions or share comments, email

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