Hidalgo Co. Finds Temporary Solution for Overcrowded Jails

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WESLACO – Hidalgo County is one step closer to solving a problem that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says housing inmates in other counties cost them about $4 million per year.

New jail barracks have been approved by Texas jail standards and will work as a temporary solution.

KRGV's Trason Bragg spoke with Guerra to learn more about the solution.

The decision was made last week by county commissioners during the city's commissioner's court.

Guerra believes this solution will work for the next four to six years – that’s when a permanent fix will be in process.

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