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Burke County: Dangerous Jail

Posted by Kenneth Stewart - email

BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - State jail Inspectors have told Burke County to fix up the downtown jail, or close it.

The basement jail is close to forty years old and inspectors say it won't pass their muster until cells have hot water, the video systems are upgraded, and other improvements are made too.

Local officials say the immediate cost will be about 25-thousand dollars.

They are hoping to buy some time with temporary fixes while they consider buying out Catawba County's half of a facility they share a few miles away.

Burke County Sheriff John McDevitt says leaving the facility open isn't a good option.

Long term, that could cost half a million dollars.

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