Fannin County Eyes Privatizing Jail

Jail overcrowding is costing Fannin County a quarter of a million dollars a year by sending inmates to other counties. The solution involves privatizing a new jail.

The county put a full page ad in the local paper looking for a contractor who could build a new jail on county property, but it would be owned and operated privately.

Fannin County would contract with the new jail to house their overflow inmates at a discounted price, not only saving them money, but making them money when they take inmates from other facilities.

The county would take ownership of the jail in 20 years, giving them room to grow.

Fannin County says their proximity to other jail facilities makes them a perfect location for something like this.

The sheriff's department says having more beds to put inmates would also allow them to get more aggressive with warrant round-ups.