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1/31/06-Smith County

Sheriff Smith Says He Prefers Downtown Jail, But Will Do What Commissioners Want

Smith County Sheriff J. B. Smith says if he had a choice, he would build a new jail in downtown Tyler. The county commissioners are now in the process of comparing a downtown site to a remote location outside Tyler's Loop 323. The sheriff says security and prisoner transportation would be better downtown, but he is quick to add he'll run the jail wherever the commissioners decide to build it.

Voters may ultimately decide on a location. The court is trying to determine if they could put both locations on a ballot later this spring.
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