Proposed deal for regional jail in northeastern Kentucky falls apart

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A proposal for a regional jail in northeast Kentucky aimed at saving taxpayers money has fallen apart.

Carter County and Boyd County fiscal courts voted unanimously to dissolve the interlocal agreement Tuesday.

The jail was proposed in 2012 with the goal of expanding and retaining federal prisoners housed in the counties' facilities and saving taxpayer money.

At the time, few federal prisoners were being housed in Boyd County. Therefore, the regional jail could lead to an increase in federal inmates and increased revenue in Boyd.

Boyd County Judge-Executive William "Bud"?Stevens told The Independent he supported the jail, but Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace sent a letter on Aug. 6, saying the Carter County Fiscal Court is backing out of the agreement.

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