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Bond Issue Failure Could Mean Closure of Jackson County Jail

Courtesy: KWQC

Law enforcement officials in Jackson County say the failure of a bond issue to pay for a new jail could mean the current facility will be shut down. 52 percent of those who cast ballots in a special election on Tuesday were in favor of the 6.9 million dollar bond issue. But state law requires a 60 percent supermajority for passage. Chief Deputy Steve Schroeder says one of the biggest problems with the current jail is space. It has no room for female inmates, and its male population is usually over capacity. Those extra inmates are then sent to the jail in a neighboring county, at a cost at least $65 per day. With the bond issue failing, a state inspector could decide to close the Jackson County jail and have all of its prisoners sent elsewhere. Schroeder says that could cost close to a million dollars each year. Schroeder isn’t sure when the state inspector might make a decision on the jail’s status. He’s hoping that another bond issue will be put before the county’s voters again sometime next year.

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