Smith County commissioners OK housing inmates in Henderson County to deter COVID-19 spread

Smith County commissioners OK housing inmates in Henderson County to deter COVID-19 spread
Smith County Jail (Source: KLTV)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County commissioners have approved an agreement between the Smith and Henderson County jails that will help Smith County avoid the spread of COVID-19 within its facility.

Commissioners unanimously approved a deal Tuesday morning that would pay Henderson County $40 per inmate per day the inmate is housed in Henderson County’s facility.

The move alleviates some of the overcrowding in the jail while helping contain the spread of COVID-19.

The deal is identical to out-of-county agreements Smith County has approved with Gregg County and San Jacinto County in 2020.

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