Monday, July 13, 2009

New Recommendation on Putnam County Jail

There's a new recommendation today on what to do about overcrowding in the Putnam County jail. The county's Land and Facilities committee voted Monday night to request that the county executive investigate interest among other counties in the Upper Cumberland toward the idea of forming a regional jail authority. They are asking for a report on the matter by September 8th. Meawnhile, in a separate committee meeting, commissioner Joel Cowan urged commissioners to just go ahead and build a jail annex on the existing jail site. But county attorney Jeff Jones says that for such a motion to pass, the county commission would have to rescind the action they took in May of this year, which called for locating the jail at an off-site location. Commissioner Marson McCormick, meanwhile, said that with the economy in the shape it's in, the whole issue should be put off for at least a year. He got a second to his motion to do so, but it failed on a 5-7 vote.