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Jackson County jail capacity video sparks conversation for a new jail

Courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Jackson County Sheriffs Office released a new video describing their problem with overcrowding in their current jail. While this video displays the issue of overcrowding, after watching the video many residents are left wondering whats next for the jail and if the community can solve this problem.

County commissioners are currently waiting for design concepts for a proposed new jail, outlining construction and long-term operation costs.

However, Sheriff Nathan Sickler said we are a long way from any sort of public voting on the matter. He said if commissioners decide to move forward with the project, a financial district will be created and each city government within that district must approve as well.

"They would have to decide if they want to be a part of it and then it would have to be sent to a ballot measure in the future," Sickler said. "There's a lot of work to be done. This isn't something that one body can decide by themselves. There's a lot of work that needs to be accomplished."

Sickler said he regularly conducts presentations on this same issue, but thought a social media video was a more efficient way to reach residents across the entire county.

The funding for the $15,000 video came out of the JCSO administration budget, which includes funds for community education.

The proposed new jail is expected to be built and operated near the Sheriff's substation off Highway 62. County commissioners are scheduled to review the plans later this month.

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