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Joint jail for Burleigh-Morton would cost $70M

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)  -- Architects estimate that a two-county jail in Bismarck with room for 476 prisoners will cost $70 million, or about $20 million more than the initial estimate.

Venture Architects says the increase is due to several factors including more beds and better technology.

The issue of a joint jail will come before voters in Burleigh and Morton counties in June. They'll decide whether to approve a temporary half-cent sales tax to fund the facility.

The current jails in both counties are overcrowded. Commissioners in both counties support the proposed joint jail.