Howard County Jail under jeopardy again

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Howard County Commissioners came back from Austin with an ultimatum this week from the Jail Standards Commission.

"Pass a bond for a new jail, or the current one will be shut down."

That bond will be on the ballot again this November.

Last November, County residents voted down the ten million dollar bond to build a new jail.

That same month, the state shut down the jail after it failed critical smoke and ventilation tests.

The facility recently re-opened, after being closed for six months, while the County shipped prisoners to other counties so repairs could be made.

County officials say that closing their jail again isn't an option.

They are already dealing with cost over-runs from the last time to the tune of a million dollars.