Gadsden Faces Deadline on Jail Contract
Gadsden faces an October 1st deadline to reach a jail contract with the Etowah County Sheriff's office. The existing contract expired two years ago. However, the sheriff's office has continued housing Gadsden prisoners accused of misdemeanor offenses. City and county officials have been unable to reach an agreement after several months of talks. Unless a contract is reached, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said he will instruct jail staff to stop accepting those arrested by Gadsden authorities for misdemeanor crimes at midnight September 30. Suspects charged with felony crimes will still be accepted as prisoners. Gadsden authorities paid the county $840,000 last year to house inmates. This year's contract would increase to roughly $857,000.