Grayson County Jail Privatization Plan Dead - - No One Gets You Closer

Grayson County Jail Privatization Plan Dead


GRAYSON CO., TX -- A major turn of events at Monday's Grayson County Commissioners meeting - putting county leaders right back at square one - when it comes to solving the controversial jail issue. KTEN's Katy Blakey has more.

As of now the privatization process with Southwestern Correctional is dead. At least until we hear otherwise, the county is not going to go through with supporting a 750 bed facility in northeast Sherman.

The big news comes just days after county Judge Drue Bynum said the general bond election was dead, after the county was threatened with a lawsuit by CLEAT for violating the Open Meetings Act.

So this means the county is back to where they started before this entire process began. Sheriff Keith Gary says it's time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

"I think what we need to do is take a step back," said Sheriff Keith Gary.

For many within the crowded courtroom, hearing the private process was over was welcome news, but it left many people wondering what's next? The jail still needs to solve it's issue of overcrowding, or else it will lose it's 49 bed variance. The county will go before the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on November 5th.

According to the commission's Executive Director, Adan Munoz, the county must "justify their need to keep those variance beds...and demonstrate a strong showing that they are working on the problem."

If they don't, the county could lose that variance and be forced to spend money housing inmates out of the county.

So now that the bond issue is dead and the private option done for now - what happens? We did not get to ask Judge Bynum those questions. We were told he would not have time to speak with us Monday. But we were told the court will start revisiting other options starting Monday.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News