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$6 million jail for Jackson County?

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Jackson County is reviewing plans for a new jail to house criminals.

Chief deputy Steve Schroeder said its necessary in order to bring the jail up to code. "This is not just a sheriff's office problem, this is not just a city of Makoqueta problem, this is a county-wide problem."

The current jail is outdated, too small and only has 11 beds. It has a long list of problems that led to two inmates escaping last year in February. The inmates somehow broke through a fence, and were on the run for days.

"It was embarrassing, they were gone, and I think captured four or five days later," Schroeder said.

To help keep the community safer, consultants have come up with designs for the new jail. There are three options, all having 28 beds, with about 13,000 square feet.

The first option, the current sheriff's office would be torn down, but lack of parking space might be an issue. The second, will give them more room to work with, with a nearby house possibly being bought by the county. The third option would be at a completely different location, away from the area which is residential.

The cost of each option being considered is more than $6 million dollars. The annual cost for property owners would be between $23 and $25.29. People living in the county will have to approve a 20-year bond vote, which will take place in August or November. 

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