New Jail Policy in Gadsden
The city of Gadsden will be sending its prisoners out of town starting today, but driving a few extra miles may save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Mayor Sherman Guyton says his city has been housing city prisoners in the Etowah County Jail since the 1990s and does not even have a city jail anymore. Instead, it has been paying the county more than 800-thousand dollars each year to keep those prisoners behind bars. The city and county have been negotiating a new deal, but Guyton says it was clear the city’s bill was going to increase – and that was not acceptable. Guyton says Gadsden has negotiated better deals with two other local cities to keep the prisoners in their jails. Female prisoners will be taken to Boaz, while male prisoners will do their time in Attalla. All told, Guyton estimates Gadsden could save as much as half a million dollars a year under the new arrangement.