State jail commission officials tour Grayson Co. Jail

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

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Officials from the state jail commission were in Sherman on Wednesday to tour the current Grayson County Jail.

Authorities say the purpose of the visit was to determine whether or not anything can be done to improve the current facility without expanding it or building a brand new jail.

Currently, the jail can hold 49 inmates more than the full capacity. That is known as an inmate variance. Officials say they do not want the jail commission to eliminate that variance, which would force Grayson to house inmates outside the county.

"We’ve been told that we can do certain things to pick up a little more space. Not enough to solve our space problem, but we can pick up some," Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says.

Officials say they will now look into the possibilities of expanding the current jail and keeping it in downtown Sherman.

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