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Trying To Fix The Edgar County Jail

Problems at the Edgar County Jail have not gone away and will have to be dealt with.

In April, the Illinois Department of Corrections submitted a report to the Illinois Attorney General indicating the jail had failed to make the needed corrections to meet current DOC codes for housing inmates.

The building and grounds committee of the Edgar County Board is now trying to get a handle on exactly what the problems are.

They are considering hiring a consultant to spell out all of the problems and what areas of the jail those problems exist.

They want options on what needs to be fixed now and what can wait a while and then what it will cost.

Some think that a vast majority of the problems can be fixed by a through cleaning.

No matter what is decided, if it doesn't make state officials happy, they could step in and close the jail and then tell the county what they will do in order to reopen it.