Options for correcting deficiencies in the Lincoln County Regional Jail were, once again, discussed in Lincoln Fiscal Court.
Some of the deficiencies are "life-safety issues," said a state jail inspector.
In his quarterly report to magistrates Tuesday, Jailer David Gooch said state corrections officials say Lincoln County must formulate a plan for improvements to the chronically overcrowded jail, or face closure.
In a letter addressed to Gooch. Jeff Burton, assistant director of the Department of Corrections, said, "The Lincoln County Jail cannot continue to operate this aging facility for an indefinite period. Ultimately, the county must decide on its own accord what action, if any, it is going to pursue within 15 days of receipt of this letter."
The county received the letter July 5, County Judge Executive Buckwheat Gilbert said.
The most recent state inspection of the jail revealed numerous safety and security violations, including "life-safety issues" regarding the lack of sprinkler systems and an inadequate venting system, according to the report.