|Published: 9:17 AM, 03/11/2013
Author: Tommy Wilson
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
In spite of what many are
saying, Monroe County is in a position of not having a choice as
it relates to a new jail facility. The half acre in downtown is not
enough to meet the standards required by the state; thus, the county
will be forced to go outside the downtown streets of Madisonville to
find a site. Monroe County will also be required to look to the
future and build a justice center which cover our needs today and in
years to come.
If the county does not come up with a
plan and a design, the state of Tennessee will do it for us. To make
the project even more expensive, the state will also hire their own
contractors to do the work. You can count on one thing, saving Monroe
County one dime will not be their top priority.
I spent a few years working in Western
North Carolina and soon after moving there the antiquated jail in
Mitchell County, N.C. (Spruce Pine) burned to the ground killing
close to a dozen inmates. The law suits following that tragic event
forced the county to spend more in settlements than a new jail would
Monroe County is in a similar position
in terms of safety and a potential disaster like experienced in
Mitchell County, NC. Mayor Yates and the County Commission have no
choice but to get on with this project and make sure it is a plan for
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