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Bryan County Jail Could Face Fines


The deadline is nearing for the Bryan County Sheriff, who had 10 days to submit suggestions to the state on how to fix violations in his jail. We've checked and, so far, the state jail inspector says he hasn't received anything yet. KTEN's Jhen Kordela has more.

The state inspector says his office is still waiting on a response from March, when two inspections of the Bryan County Jail showed violations.

Here's just a few items on the list:

From a shortage of cleaning supplies for inmates, to dirty water containers and problems with a fire alarm. But also, staffing issues, including not enough staff to provide back up assistance.     And, according to state inspectors, jailers had not been properly trained since November of 2005.

When we asked the state jail inspector about the 10 day deadline, he told us it's not uncommon for county jails -- not just Bryan County to take longer than the 10 days to reply.    But, it does eat into their 60 day period they have to fix the violations.

If it takes too long, the county could be fined. Remember, we told you, in the past few years, Bryan County has already paid about $15,000 to the state in those jail fines.

We called Sheriff Sturch Wednesday. He refused to comment. We'll check back again Friday, which is the actual deadline, to see if there's an update.

- Jhen Kordela, KTEN News.