Grayson Co. leaders to discuss options at jail forum

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

WHITESBORO, Tex. -- Grayson County leaders want your input on the possibility of a new jail. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday night at 7 o’clock at Whitesboro City Hall on Main Street.

County commissioner Jackie Crisp, county Judge Drue Bynum, Sheriff Keith Gary and others are scheduled to attend. Crisp says the meeting is designed to let residents ask questions and share their opinions on a new jail.

One option county leaders are considering is hiring a private company to build the facility.

County leaders say the current jail is worn out and overcrowded.


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  • by Jim Location: Whitesboro on Jan 14, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    There ought to be a bit more advance notice of these meetings. I suspect that the proponents of this project would like to keep the public in the dark until it's a done deal.
  • by Resident Location: Whitesboro on Jan 14, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    So, why are they having the meeting in W'boro? Are they planning on building one here???? If so, I would like to attend the meeting tonight.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Jan 14, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I attended one of these forums several weeks ago. Unfortunately, newspaper coverage of a recent meeting suggests the County remains vague on quite a few details. The paper states, "The private sector was offered as a solution with no cost to taxpayers." How can that be!?! There must be costs involved. Exactly, what do they expect will be the daily per prisoner cost to the County if a private prison is built here? What would be the term of that expected cost (annual contract?, multi- year contract?). Why is building our own jail for $90M-$140M to meet our needs 20 years from now the only option made available to us? Why not consider building a jail to meet our immediate needs, and designed in such a way so it could be easily expandede as growth dictates. Collin Co. did this when they built their new jail, and it is currently smaller than what Grayson Co is "considering", yet Collin Co's population is currently far higher than what our projected population will be 20 yrs from now.
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