Eltife, Curtis Comment On New Jail Plan

State Senator Kevin Eltife and the man who campaigned against last year's Smith County jail plan, answered questions from community leaders about the new jail plan.

The revised plan would cost about $60 million, half the cost of the last package.

County leaders say it would blend into downtown and provide exactly what we need - and nothing more.

"It's really not bare bones. It's got everything in it that it needs, it's going to be done well...There's just no fat though. There's nothing in it that doesn't need to be in it," said Bobby Curtis, who opposed the last jail bond.

"We've come up with a common-sense approach to solving our jail problem. We're trying to involve all parts of the community and I feel good about it. But you know the bottom line is we have to educate the voters and hopefully earn their support," said Kevin Eltife.

The jail plans now have to go before the Commissioner's Court for approval to get on the November ballot.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com