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Grant County Reverses Course, Votes To Keep Jail Open

Grant County Detention Center
Courtesy Grant County Detention Center

Officials in Grant County have reversed course and decided to keep the jail open after finding out that it would cost more to close the facility.

The Fiscal Court passed a resolution in July to close the jail, which has been plaguedby inmate lawsuits, personnel lawsuits, prisoner escapes and maintenance issues for more than a decade. The resolution called for shuttering the facility by October.

The Kentucky Enquirer reportsthat magistrates voted this week to rescind the resolution and keep the facility open.

Judge-Executive Steve Wood says nearby counties were charging a hefty price — as much as $66 per prisoner per day — to take inmates.

Wood says officials estimated it would cost about $2 million annually to house inmates in other facilities compared to $700,000 to keep the current jail open.