Smith County's jail facilities passed a new round of inspections. At Commissioners Court Sheriff J.B. Smith went over the list of the agencies who looked over the jail. They included the health department, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
Despite passing, Smith says a new jail needs to be built in order to save taxpayers money in the long run. "We have over 200 prisoners shipped out to other counties," said Smith. "That's gonna cost us around $4 million this year that is going out of smith county to New York or New Jersey."
Last year, the jail did not pass inspection because of jail overcrowding.