Monroe County picks location for new justice center

12:48 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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Monroe County officials have picked a location for a new detention facility to relieve overcrowding issues.

The Monroe County Commission's Justice Committee voted to recommend the spot on Tuesday.

It's located on Highway 68, just outside of downtown Madisonville.

The full commission still needs to vote on the proposal.

The price of the property is still being negotiated.

The Monroe County Commission has already set aside money to buy land and prepare a site for a new detention center.

There's no timeline set for opening a new jail, but the county is required to show the Tennessee Corrections Institute that they are making progress toward fixing overcrowding problems at the current facility.

The jail has been de-certified once for overcrowding, and if it happens again, Monroe County would have to close its jail and house inmates elsewhere.

The commission is expected to vote on the proposal at its next meeting, on February 26.

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