McMinn Jail plans expansion to fix overcrowding

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) -- The McMinn County Jail has retained its certification after the state threatened to halt funding to care for prisoners.

The Tennessee Correction Institute threatened to decertify the jail after an inspection in October.

County Mayor John Gentry told commissioners that appropriating new money for an expansion and hiring a contractor was the primary reason the jail kept its certification.

The jail, which houses 60 state prisoners, would have lost state funds if decertified.

McMinn County Jail Director Tim Carver said the state threatened to pull funds because the jail needed an expansion for female inmates.

The plans also include a new court system to built next to the present jail and justice center.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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