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October 13, 2016

Aging county jails become grimmer, more dangerous as funding problems persist

  • Older jails don't have to comply with federal laws requiring fire sprinklers and a minimum square footage per inmate.
    Associated Press

    AP Photo/Andrew Selsky [enlarge]
    This cell inside the decades-old Crook County Jail in Prineville, Ore., houses four inmates. It was built decades ago to store firefighting equipment.

    PRINEVILLE, Ore. — The noise in the tiny jail, built decades ago to house firefighting equipment, is constant. Voices bounce off the walls.

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