Nature abhors a vacuum. So does the Smith county justice system! If there is ever an empty bed in the Smith county detention facility, someone will be arrested to fill it! If you build a “jailhouse lite” version, it will fill quickly. If you build a 2000 bed facility, people will be arrested for spitting on the sidewalk!
The newest proposal is precisely what I expected, a “jailzilla lite” with an open end. A few scoops of dirt removed from what will become a bottomless pit for tax dollars and the hundreds of potential inmates working and playing and living and breathing in this county.