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Jail improvements still on hold

April 11, 2003

Dawson-- In December, a Grand Jury found the jail inadequate and unsafe. But no improvements have been made since then. Terrell County officials are still waiting for direction from the U.S. Justice Department.

County Commissioner Wilbur Gamble says he wants the jail to meet standards, but doesn't want to make it the best building in town. "I don't want a building that is a monument to me or the county. I think its a big mistake for your best building to be a jail. I would rather see schools, playgrounds, courthouse and other things."

Gamble does not think spending three to five million dollars on a new jail is necessary. He says the Terrell County Correctional Institute faced similar problems several years ago that were repaired without having to build a new facility.

posted at 4:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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