Monday, August 31, 2009

Questions Arise About Regional Jail

There is apparently some interest among four area counties in developing a regional jail with Putnam County. But officials say the details must still be worked out. A feasibility study is underway for a regional jail that would serve Pickett, Clay, Overton and Fentress counties. Putnam County officials say they may be able to become a fifth partner. Putnam County's Land and Facilities committee met Monday night to talk about the issue, but members said they were under the impression that the other counties were further along in the process. Michelle Price of the Upper Cumberland Development District told the committee that the other four counties are just now getting started with a feasibility study that's being funded with state dollars. The committee hopes to meet in early October with representatives of the other counties to talk about that study. They say a number of questions still need to be answered, including what kind of jail gets built, whether it's run by a for-profit company or a public jail authority and what the responsibilities and costs to each county would be.