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A jail crisis?

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Dear editor: It's been rumored for some time the Garland County Detention Center (GCDC) is overcrowded, understaffed and unsafe for both residents and staff. Recently I heard Sheriff McCormick speak and he confirmed that for some time we've been releasing non-violent offenders to make space available for more dangerous offenders. Jail residents are sleeping on cots in all areas of the two open pods. On the day I heard Sheriff McCormick speak there were approximately 380 housed in an area designed for less than 300.

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