Council considers 2nd jail for York County

County Council urged to add a jail, courtrooms to ‘where the population is’

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 9, 2013 

— York County could build a new justice center in Fort Mill if the County Council moves forward with suggestions that the eastern part of the county needs its own jail and courtrooms.

A second justice center should be a priority when the council decides to spend money, said council Chairman Britt Blackwell during Wednesday night’s budget talks.

Sheriff’s deputies are losing significant patrol time when they drive inmates from Fort Mill and Tega Cay to the Moss Justice Center in York, said Sheriff Bruce Bryant.

Three out of five 911 calls for deputies come from the eastern part of the county, Bryant said.

“That’s where the population is, and it’s the furthest thing from Moss Justice,” Bryant said.

The cost for a new justice center is undetermined. But without knowing how much a new justice center would cost, it’s hard to commit right away, said council member Michael Johnson, who represents Fort Mill and Tega Cay.

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