Jail Privatization Moves Forward

A privately run jail could be in the future for Smith County.

In a Monday Commissioners Court Meeting, commissioners decided to open the process of building a new jail facility up to private companies.

Over the next month the county will be excepting Requests For Qualifications (RFQ's) from independent companies.

It's just one of the options the county is looking at to try and solve the overcrowding problem. Another option is building a new facility with county funds. Recent estimates put the cost for that, at around $85-million.