Small Turnout For First Reno County Jail Tour

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Fewer than 10 people took advantage of a chance to tour the Reno County jail over the weekend.

The tours are part of the sheriff department's efforts to convince Reno County residents to approve funding for a new jail during a special election next November.

Sheriff Randy Henderson says he wants people to see how outdated and small the current jail is.

The Hutchinson News reports that the tour doesn't take people past the inmate holding cells.

Reno County Commissioner Dan Deming says he doesn't expect the public to be interested until the county chooses a site for the new 240- and 260-bed jail and decides how high a sales tax increase will be needed to fund it.

The next public jail tours are scheduled for Dec. 4.

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