Legal Challenge Against New Jail Is Tossed

A lawsuit challenging the awarding of a contract to build and operate a new Bay County Jail has been dismissed.

Circuit Judge Glen Hess tossed out the suit filed by Emerald Corrections against the Bay County Commission and Corrections Corporation of America.

The dismissal Monday clears the way for the county and CCA to continue planning to build a new county jail adjacent to the jail annex in Bayou George.

Emerald had challenged the awarding of the contract for the project to CCA saying it wasn't the lowest and best bidder.

It’s the second time Judge Hess dismissed the Emerald Corrections lawsuit.

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