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Hyde County Has No Money To Pay For Guards At New Jail

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

There's a new 32-bed jail in Hyde County, but no money in the budget to hire anyone to guard it.

And so the new jail remains empty, and Hyde County Sheriff David
Mason is spending money instead to send prisoners to jails
elsewhere. So far, that's included making trips to Raleigh -- 230 miles to the west.

The old courthouse and jail for the sprawling rural county that borders Pamlico Sound were damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. New facilities opened in October.

But the county needs more than $600,000 a year to pay for the 15 to 20 staff members the state says are needed at the jail.

Interim county manager Carl Classen said that would require a 14
percent property tax increase, leading the county to instead pay
neighboring counties to hold its prisoners while it figures out what to do.

And so the new jail remains empty, and Hyde County Sheriff David
Mason is spending money instead to send prisoners to jails elsewhere. So far, that's included making trips to Raleigh -- 230 miles to the west.

The old courthouse and jail for the sprawling rural county that borders Pamlico Sound were damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. New
facilities opened in October.

But the county needs more than $600,000 a year to pay for the 15
to 20 staff members the state says are needed at the jail.

Interim county manager Carl Classen said that would require a 14
percent property tax increase, leading the county to instead pay
neighboring counties to hold its prisoners while it figures out
what to do.


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