How to Get a New Jail

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After 4 recent failed jail proposal in 3 years, we thought it might be good to offer some advice on how to do it.

Things that have to be done before we will vote yes:

  • Stop arresting people for “ticketable” offenses.
  • Take full advantage of the effective measures already being used in Smith county.
  • Develop more “out of the cell” ideas, and fund them.
  • Get more courts to speed up the process.
  • Get more space for judicial use.

How the plan should be developed:

  • Only after the above steps are taken should this even be attempted.
  • It should be developed openly and transparently.
  • It should be developed with input from all concerned parties, not just officials.
  • All fear mongering should be left out.

More on this topic later.

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