If the jail problem is so bad it is worth spending $125 million to solve, voters should demand officials first use tools they already have to better manage overcrowding problems. To justify so much new borrowing, jail builders must be able to show they’ve tried everything else to solve the problem. Right now in Smith County that’s not the case.Smith County voters will decide on November 6 whether to issue new debt to build the jail; two smaller jail proposals were rejected last year, and I'm hoping Tyler voters show the same good sense this time.
See prior related Grits posts:
- Debate intensifies over Tyler's $125 million 'Taj Mahal' jail
- Architect: Voters should accept nine-figure pricetag for new jail
- Tyler's jail alternative saves $1 million in first nine month
- Smith County voters have more options than building Taj Mahal jail
- Tyler's day reporting center reduces overcrowding, saves money
- 'Unsellable' Tyler jail still too small
- Tyler's Alternative Incarceration Center opens; DA thinks no one qualifies
- Tyler judge: End jail overcrowding with community supervision of nonviolent offenders
- More on Tyler's alternatives to jail overcrowding
- Incarceration Alternatives: From Smith County, a plan emerges
- Update: Tyler Alternative Incarceration Plan, Day Reporting Center funded
- Tyler voters: Jail bonds a 'No-No"
- Jail bond vote may become annual affair in Tyler