FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As Allen County works under a judge’s order to relieve overcrowding in the jail, Fort Wayne’s mayor weighed in Monday on the discussion.

In the statement, Mayor Tom Henry said the city of Fort Wayne recognizes “the current jail will not suffice, and a new state-of-the-art facility needs to be constructed.”

“Our preference is to see a solution and location that best meets the needs of the community while also protecting the quality of life for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses,” Henry added.

County commissioners are scheduled to meet with the federal judge on Thursday to evaluate the county’s progress.

The proposed site for the new jail is at Adams Center and Paulding roads, the current site of the Allen County Sheriff’s shooting range. City Council members and residents in the southeast said it was within view of public schools and sent the wrong message besides being another negative to hit the community.