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Plans to Shutdown the Amarillo City Jail

"That could be a prime location for a hotel due to the close proximity to the Civic Center and the performing arts theatres," says Amarillo City Manager Alan Taylor . "That could be a prime location for a hotel due to the close proximity to the Civic Center and the performing arts theatres," says Amarillo City Manager Alan Taylor .

Out of the jail business, and into something more lucrative. That's what the city of Amarillo is looking to do in the near future. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how Randall County can help make this happen.

Amarillo's inmates may soon be housed at the Randall County jail. The city tells us the 1950's downtown jail, either has to be replaced or refurbished; and having inmates bunk-in at the county, makes much better financial sense.

"If your partner with the county they've already got the staff in place and so there could be some savings, that's what we're trying to explore, all the possibilities," says Alan Taylor, the Amarillo City Manager.

At a hefty $5 or $6 million dollar cost to revamp the old one, the city decided to see what Randall County can offer. New pods would have to be built for city inmates with city dollars at Randall County. But Taylor says they could appeal to the state for help.

"There are possible avenues for grant funding and other means of funding out there, and we'll explore that," says Taylor.

And with the building -one day- out of the way, something to promote Center City, could go in it's place.

"That could be a prime location for a hotel due to the close proximity to the Civic Center and the performing arts theatres," says Taylor. 

Depending on what state grants the city gets to build onto the Randall County jail, city inmates could be in the Sheriffs' hands in the next few years. So it appears the city jail's days are numbered.

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