Sheriff Scott Jackson says he hopes to have a bond measure option on November’s ballot, which would pay for a new jail. He says the current Benton County jail was built in the 1970s – originally only to serve as a temporary facility. The Sheriff says the jail is falling apart and is too small.
The jail can house up to 40 inmates, but Jackson says the county spends more than $1 million annually to rent bed space from other counties for Benton County inmates.
The open houses are on June 28, July 12, and July 26. To sign up for a tour, either visit the Benton County Sheriff’s website by clicking here, or call (541) 766-6866.