Potential site for new Johnston County jail sits near schools, aquatic center


A WOMAN WHO LEARNED IN SEE YOU YOU AND THEY ARE SAYING GOODBYE TO HER. JAIL OVER CROWDING IN TESTING COUNTY HAS THE SHARP LOOKING FOR JAIL SPACE. THEY SAY THEY DO NOT WANT IT BY THE THEIR COMMUNITY. ROBERT RICHARDSON SHOWS US THE LOCKUP AND THE POTENTIAL NEW LOCATION. WE ARE DESIGNED TO HOLD 191. TODAY WE ARE AT 247. THREE MONTHS AGO, WE HAD TO WAIT FIVE. THE JAIL IS OVERCROWDED AND THEY ARE PAYING $50 PER DAY TO SEND INMATES TO PLACES LIKE SAMPSON COUNTY. THEY DO DO THAT FOR 20 INMATES AND IT COST MORE THAN $1 MILLION. THE SHERIFF SAYS THE MONEY NEEDS TO GO TO BUILDING A NEW JAIL. THE COMMISSIONERS VOTED 4-3 IN FAVOR OF BUILDING A COMPLEX. THERE NO VOTES DUE TO LOCATIONS. SCHOOLS PLAYGROUNDS AND THE SMITHFIELD RECREATION CENTER ARE ALL WITHIN A HALF-MILE. WE HAVE THREE SCHOOLS RIGHT HERE. YOU HAVE A BANK. YOU HAVE RESIDENTS. I FEEL SAFER AND IF IT’S IN THE COUNTY. K 70 BREAKS OF THE GEL. OTHERS SAY THEY ARE NOT WORRIED. THEY DO NOT BUILD JAILS FOR PEOPLE TO ESCAPE. IF THE GEL IS BUILT PROPERLY, I DO NOT SEE WHAT IT WOULD INTERFERE WITH. HE SAYS NONE OF HIS INMATES HAVE GOTTEN OUT AND HE POINTS OUT THE CURRENT JAIL IS DOWNTOWN WITH THE SCHOOL AND CHURCH AND BUSINESS NEARBY. MANAGER SAYS HE FEELS SAFE EVEN WITH IN METS OVER HIS HEAD. YOU SEE THE LONG SKINNY WINDOWS? THAT IS PART OF THE DETENTION CENTER. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES ARE ON THE NEXT LEVEL. IS FOR NOW, THEY WILL KEEP PUTTING EXTRA MATTRESSES ON THE FLOOR. WE DO NOT LIKE TO BUT SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO. ROBERT RICHARDSON, CBS, NORTHCOTE. THEY TELL US HE HOPES TO GET

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  • Build up no you got to do is build up that's all you got to do just build up take the Jill people in a different Jill let that place to be destroyed and build up words

  • 1 million dollars for these criminals!!! Why not build a home for the homeless. Whatever it is they get there inside jail, they deserve it!

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