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First Look At New Fannin County Jail


The first privately run jail in Texoma opened Friday. No inmates yet, but KTEN got a first look at the new facility in Fannin County. Plus, reaction from Grayson County leaders who are preparing for their own private jail. KTEN's Katy Blakey reports.

"It's high security." - The number one priority when running a jail.

"People are going to look at it and say that looks like a Texas prison facility," said Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore.

Within a month county inmates will be housed inside the new jail. Through contracts with the private company, CDC, state and federal inmates will be as well. Something

"It's not an institution that is going to make money for Fannin County overnight. But it will assist us in the future. And that's what I'm looking forward to, the future."

Another person looking ahead - Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary.

"This isn't the first time we've been over here," said Gary. "We've been over here in an earlier stage and we're very impressed with what they've made it into."

Now that Grayson County Commissioners leaders have decided they want a private jail, it's time for the Sheriff's Office to start thinking about the layout of their future facility and maybe get a few ideas from Fannin County.

Fannin County and Grayson County will both be privately run, but by two different companies. Fannin County Sheriff's Office will have a new location, next to their new jail. Grayson County will maintain staff at the Justice Center.

The Fannin County jail took a little over a year to build. Grayson County will get rolling on theirs as soon as a contract is signed with Southwest Correctional.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News