To the Editor:

Over the past two years or so, Coryell County residents who rely on this paper for news have been reading stories about the controversy over building a new jail.

They’ve been informed that the county is spending $500,000 per year ($44 per inmate per day) to house inmates in other counties because the county jail is overcrowded.

What they haven’t been told is that it costs the county over $50 per day to house them in our own jail. Although this has been discussed in Commissioners Court meetings, it has not been reported in the Daily Herald. Citizens should ask why.

In November 2011, the county held a bond election to secure voters’ permission to borrow money to build a new jail. That issue passed by only 180 votes, representing 4.5 percent of registered voters and only 2.4 percent of the entire county’s population. How many who voted “for” in that election would have done so had they known that we’re actually saving money sending our inmates to Milam County?

Why is it costing us more? It’s because our jail is overstaffed. Why is it overstaffed? Those are questions that should be asked by the reporter who covers Coryell County. And then, the answers given by elected officials should be checked for truthfulness.

Lt. Col. Richard Beil

Gatesville

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.