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Jail Deal Still Pending in Montgomery
Monday, 09 August 2010

August 9--  Montgomery County officials are still hoping a deal comes through for a private prison contractor to build a detention center in Mount Vernon.

County Commission Chairman Brandon Braddy says the company which operates the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla has received a federal contract for the housing of federal detainees.  He's hopeful overflow from the Ocilla facility will drive construction of a new prison in Montgomery County which would also serve as the county's jail.

In the meantime, Braddy reports the county plans to relocate the office of the county sheriff to a storefront church building on the square in Mount Vernon.  The county has swapped some county property on Highway 280 east of Ailey where Calvary's Grace Baptist Church is constructing a new building.

He believes the relocation will occur in early Fall.  The Montgomery County jail was shut down by the state Fire Marshall several years ago because of its age and poor condition.  Since then, Montgomery County prisoners have been transported to Irwin County at a substantial cost to the county treasury.

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