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Judge extends Terrell Jail project

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - A judge has extended the deadline for completion of the Terrell County Jail to July. The Justice Department originally set a deadline for April.

During a conference call yesterday it was agreed a perimeter fence around the jail would be completed by July 15th. Work on the project is expected to begin as early as next week.

County Commissioners and Sheriff John Bowens remain at odds over staffing levels at the new jail. Commissioners are willing to pay 15 full time guards, two part-timers and a jail administrator.

Sheriff Bowens says the recommended number of full time guards is 18, and he wants three part time guards, plus an administrator.

Bowens has said he won't open the new jail unless commissioners meet those levels.

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