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    Posted: Sep 24 2016 at 9:54am
From the BigCountryHomepage.com 9/23/2016

Coleman, Texas (KRBC) - The Coleman County Jail is not what you think of when you hear the phrase, "home sweet home".

"The jail has a Texas historical marker on it and it was occupied in 1890," said Sheriff Wade Turner.

Not only has the jail housed criminals since 1890, it traditionally also houses the sheriff's family.

"When I became sheriff back in 1988 my family and i moved into the jail," said Turner.

And for almost 30 years Sheriff Turner's family thrived within the jail walls.

"Actually, my kids were raised in the living quarters of this jail here and it's kind of like our house, it always has been," said Turner.

But with the age of the jail comes issues, a specific issue being the fact the jail can only house 9 inmates and the rest of Coleman County's inmates have to be sent to other jails.

We're just at a crossroads where the expenses are adding up so much  that it's pretty tough for a small county like Colemen to budget for this amount," said Judge Billy Bledsoe.

This is a problem monetarily as well as inconvenient in that it takes sheriff's deputies away from the county.

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