Grayson County moving ahead with jail expansion plans
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Grayson County Commissioners continue to move forward with plans to expand the county jail.
"We've been operating at or above capacity since 2013," said Grayson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bennie. "We have to expand our bed space. We are currently housing inmates out of county right now."
Expanding the jail will more than double the number of available beds.
"It will expand our capabilities by about 300 beds," Bennie said. "In addition to the 300 beds, it will streamline our book-in and release procedures."
Plans also include improvements to the jail's medical facility.
"It will expand our abilities to house mental health inmates with additional mental health cells," Bennie said.
Commissioners on Tuesday approved two agenda items.
"We moved forward with the risk manager, and to continue with the consultants that we have been using," said Grayson County Judge Bill Magers. "This next step with the building risk manager, we should be able to solidify our true number and true cost of construction."
The county doesn't yet have an exact price tag for the jail expansion project, but it knows where some of the funding will come from.
"We're using $17 million in ARPA [American Rescue Plan Act] funds, so a big chunk of the cost of the jail is being paid for with non-Grayson County tax dollars, which is important to the sheriff and I," Magers said.
He adds that the jail expansion is projected to serve the county's needs for the next two decades.