Gulf County Jail

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After 45 years, not much works like it used to. Now, its leaky pipes, poorly ventilated cells, and exposed wiring are overwhelming the county's maintenance department. Jail staff members say they do what they can, but they don't have much to work with.

Last week Sheriff Dalton Upchurch made it clear he's had his fill. He told commissioners he's giving them the jail on April 1, and he's not giving up any of his budget to help them operate it.

On Tuesday, commissioners held a special meeting to decide the jail's future. They voted to dip into their reserve funds to fix the plumbing and the roof. They also voted against managing the jail themselves.

Upchurch has agreed to take back the facility, but until the county builds a new jail, the repairs will only be a band-aid for a much bigger problem.