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Garvin County sheriff rethinks jail makeover

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Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes has second thoughts about renovating the current jail facility. (KTEN) Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes has second thoughts about renovating the current jail facility. (KTEN)

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. -- Built in 1974, the Garvin County Jail has run it's course.

With a lack of modern features, Sheriff Larry Rhodes said the current facility doesn't meet today's standards.

"The capacity is only 72 inmates, and it is very antiquated in the sense that a lot of the features of the jail are just old," Rhodes said. "There's better ways in operating jails now in Oklahoma."

For the better part of the past year, the plan had been for a complete remodel of the current facility. When looking at what that would cost, Rhodes said they can put taxpayer's money to better use with a better-designed, more modern jail that won't need the current level of maintenance and repairs.

The sheriff said a new jail building would more than double their capacity. He said the sheriff's office will remain at its current location, and that they hope to build the new jail within Pauls Valley city limits.

"We would like to stay central to Garvin County," Rhodes said. "Pauls Valley is the county seat. It's close to the courthouse. It's close to where our judicial services are."

When it comes to funding, the sheriff said they'll be looking at revenue sources including several bonds. However, he believes it might all come down to taxpayer support.

"Our timetable is going to depend a lot on if we need to go ask the citizens of this county for more financial support to build a new jail," Rhodes said.

The county plans on having proposals for a new jail from architects by the end of March.

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