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Excess female inmates drive Taylor County to look to Erath County for jail space

from Abilene Reporter-News

Taylor County Commissioners approved a contract Thursday with Erath County to help relieve jail overcrowding in Abilene. The contract, which Erath commissioners are expected to act on Monday, would allow Taylor County to send overflow prisoners to the Erath County Jail for $45 a day. An agreement at the same rate is in place with Shackelford and Nolan counties. Thursday morning, Sheriff Ricky Bishop said the local jail had 675 inmates with 123 of them being women. The jail's capacity for female inmates is 118, Bishop said earlier. more

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