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Educational Activities

Houghton County Facilities/Jail, Courthouse, Sheriff's Office 2018

Houghton County Jail

The LWVCC had conducted several meetings to gather public input into two important issues facing the Houghton County electorate in the next year - the inadequate Houghton County jail and the aging and cramped County courthouse. The County Board of Commissioners advanced a millage proposal that would build an addition to the existing jail in the place where the parking deck behind the courthouse is now located. This millage did not pass in the November, 2018 election. For more information on the jail/courthouse issues, please see the pro/con lists below. League of Women Voters of the Copper Country wants to expand the discussion and involve the citizens.

Final report for the Houghton County Jail

Houghton Jail Fact Sheet-One Page Description
Pro and Con
Proposed Addition Floor 1 Proposed Addition Floor 2
Jail Presentation

Daily Mining Gazette Editorial Feb. 24, 2018 Jail Millage's Lack of Public Input by Faith Morrison

UPEA comments from Karin Cooper and Rod Miller.

The solutions presented may not solve every issue, but we believe it is a good solution for the jail for many reasons:

    * conforms to jail construction standards
    * improves security for the public, corrections staff, and courthouse employees by providing interior connection to the courthouse
    * provides flexibility for classification and separation of inmates
    * more controlled and observable movement paths (safety)
    * cost-effective for construction, efficiency, and operations

HOUGHTON COUNTY FACILITIES/JAIL, COURTHOUSE, SHERIFF'S OFFICE LEAGUE POLICY The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the construction of a new Houghton County Jail building (to replace the facility in existence as of 04/2007) with adequate facilities for functional, cost and energy efficient, secure operation in compliance with State Administrative Rule requirements, as set forth in the Rules for Jails, Lockups and Security Camps. LWVCC supports comprehensive planning to include the needs of the offices housed in the historic Courthouse, including Administrative offices, the Courts and also the administrative offices of the Sheriff's department as well as the Jail.

November 2018 State Proposals

Oct. 22 - Monday - LWVCC President, Leah Bectel, gave a presentation on the three State proposals at 6:30 Portage Lake District Library.
All three state proposals passed in the November, 2018 election.

Click here for presentation

Gerrymandering/Redistricting Educational Meetings

March 22, 2016 presentation
A Gerrymandering/Redistricting Educational Meeting will be held at the Portage Lake District Library's Community room on March 22 from 7-9pm. This meeting is open to the public.

The presentation will focus on Michigan and on the recent Supreme Court decision on redistricting in Arizona. A documentary film on Gerrymandering, the current state of redistricting and its impact on voters will be presented and discussed.

The Library is located at 58 Huron St in Houghton. Light refreshments will be provided. For additional information, you can contact Mary Marchaterre at or 906-483-2291.

Redistricting Handout

Gerrymandering Presentation

Dec 6, 2017 Gerrymandering Presentation Part 1
Dec 6, 2017 Gerrymandering Presentation Part 1

Transportation Challenges and Opportunities in the Keweenaw & Western UP Presentation

Teen Leadership Presentation 03/21/2017