The Blue Ridge Mountains And Allegheny Mountains

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N estled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Allegheny Mountains, Rockingham County is located within the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Originally founded in 1778, Rockingham County has become a historical community committed to implementing an economic strategy of attracting new business and industry that are compatible with the way of life in the Shenandoah Valley and assisting in the retention and expansion of existing companies (Rockingham County). Most commonly known for its beauty, Rockingham County is comprised of six metropolitan cities, of which Harrisonburg holds the county seat (Rockingham County).
Harrisonburg, VA is an independent city fully located within the borders of Rockingham County. Founded in 1779, Harrisonburg has prided itself on its beauty as well as its politeness. Nicknamed as “the friendly city”, Harrisonburg is commonly known for its developing downtown district, James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University (About Harrisonburg, 2014).
Due to a number of different factors, the population of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County has steadily increased since the 2010 Census (QuickFacts, 2010). Although beneficial for economic development, the rise in population has been accompanied by a rise in the community crime rate. As a result, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail is currently extensively overcrowded and has been for some time.
Initially constructed in 1994 for a population of 208 inmates, data shows that the inmate population
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