Fisher Co. Commissioners to consider closing jail

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As Fisher County has roughly six weeks left before adopting the FY 2021 budget in September, the commissioners are looking at possibly saving taxpayer dollars by closing the county jail during this budget cycle.

The Fisher County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) has faced a variety of issues since opening in the summer of 2016. Saddled with controversy shortly after breaking ground, the jail continues to provide obstacles for county officials to overcome. One of the more persistent issues the jail faces is the struggle to keep staffing within state compliance guidelines.

In the early stages of COVID-19 beginning its spread across Texas, the commissioners met in an emergency meeting, where after hearing a brief report from Fisher County Sheriff Allen Arnwine, the court voted unanimously to voluntarily close — or depopulate — the jail in mid-March.

 

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