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Terrell jail still isn't ready

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

DAWSON, GA (WALB) -  Terrell County has missed another deadline set by the federal government to open their new jail.

The Justice Department had agreed to extend the deadline to open the new facility into mid-August after the county faced construction delays and finally resolved an issue between commissioners and the Sheriff over staffing levels, but inmates still haven't moved in.

County Attorney Ed Collier said he's called the judge and written the Justice Department to explain why they've been delayed again, but hopes by the time they respond, repairs will be made and inmates will be moving in.   

"As might be expected with a jail with a lot of mechanical and electronic systems they ran into some small glitches and they've been working through that with the contractor and the subcontractor," said Collier.

The last remain electronic gate is expected to arrive this week, and Sheriff John Bowens hopes inmates can move in as early as the middle of next week.

 

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