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Feds prepare case against Terrell County

Albany- Terrell County continues to fight the federal government in the feds effort to force the county to build a new jail.

The justice department sent private consultants to Dawson in January to help build a case against the county. The county does not consider a new jail a top priority.

The federal government filed suit against the county in June 2004, claming jail inmates' rights are often violated. The Justice Department has been investigating the jail for nearly a decade after complaints arose in 1995 by a watch dog group.

Consultants are reviewing inmates files and medical information and looking at the physical shape of the building, according to county attorney Ed Collier. The county is also sending boxes of files to the Justice Department to review, but it's information they've sent before.

"The only thing we're getting up for them is information that we've already got for them three years ago, and it's just they're asking for the same information and we've sent it to them about two or three times," said Sheriff John Bowens.

Terrell County spent money to improve the jail in recent years, but it still has problems with space and plumbing. The county does intend to defend their position in court. No trial date has been set.

posted by brannon.stewart@walb.com