Hamilton County Commission votes to move ahead with County Jail plans

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Hamilton County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to move ahead with plans to possibly replace the old county jail.
        The commission voted to spend up to $460,000 on a study to decide whether or not to replace the downtown jail.
        Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond warned problems at the jail could mean decertification.
        The study looks at whether or not the county should build a larger facility to be run by Corrections Corporation of America, the company that currently runs the Silverdale Workhouse.
        Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the commission is spending hundreds of thousands now to help save millions of taxpayer dollars in the future.
        Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said, "We’re not certain that it’s going to be privatized yet, we’re looking at what’s the best amount of money and the most savings we can get in having to operate this jail, and I emphasize that.  We have to do this."
        Sheriff Hammond has the say-so on the final project.

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