Monroe County Votes to Buy Land for New Jail

The Monroe County Commission voted 8-1 Tuesday morning to purchase land for a new jail. The county’s need for a new jail may have been given an extra impetus after newly-elected 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump announced it would be the policy of his office for a first-time parole violator to receive a 30-day sentence, while a second-time parole offender would have to serve their entire sentence. County officials also said last week they had been told by two state officials the county would have to show progress or risk losing its jail certification this month. The county will buy 20 acres on New Highway 68 just down from Warren Street in Madisonville for of $450,000. Estimates on how much it will cost to build a jail have varied anywhere from $15 million to $30 million, The Advocate and Democrat reports.