Officials in Bryan County are hoping to trim the inmate population there so they need to use only one of two local jails. But they say closing the county auxiliary lockup isn't an option.
Sheriff Bill Sturch says shutting down the auxiliary jail would save about 300-thousand dollars a year.
The auxiliary jail was built to temporarily house prisoners during renovations at the old jail. But the inmate head count grew during construction. Now, both jails are full. Each has about 60 beds.
Don Garrison, state jail inspector for the Oklahoma Health
Department, says jail populations aren't likely to shrink. he says
that even if the auxiliary jail is closed, improvements are needed
before it opens again.