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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

County approves criminal justice streamlining plan

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously this week to approve a 12-month plan for streamlining the county's criminal justice system while creating a committee to help coordinate the changes.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Precinct 2 commissioner candidates talk county issues

While Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton runs for county judge, two Kyle men are in the mix to represent the Buda and Kyle area on the Hays County Commissioners Court. Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones...

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hays County jail passes surprise state inspection

The Hays County Jail passes a surprise inspection by the state jail commission this month, indicating that the county is mitigating its compliance problems. The county is considering $31 million in jail renovations.

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Commissioners consider $31M in county jail repair

Hays County commissioners paid $2 million for emergency repairs for the air conditioner at the Hays County Jail this week, and now are looking at more than $30 million in improvements to the jail.

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Sheriff's golf tournament features winning teams and sponsors

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff hosted the Hays County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Golf Tournament last month at the Quicksand at Woodcreek Golf Club in Wimberley.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners court rejects state jail study

By a 3-2 vote last week, Hays County commissioners said they have heard enough about the problems with the Hays County Jail and rejected the possibility of a needs analysis by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hays County Jail back in compliance with state

Though the Hays County Jail has attained compliance with state standards and no longer is subject to state sanctions, Sheriff Tommy Ratliff told county commissioners last week that maintenance problems still abound.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

County approves $2M RPTP building expansion

Hays County commissioners approved a $2 million expansion last week for a Resource, Protection Transportation and Planning (RPTP) building on Yarrington Road. The expansion is larger than originally planned because the county decided to add space for...

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

County breaks ground on new government center

Hays County officials and others joined in the ground breaking on April 30 for a 232,209-square-foot government center to be located on Stagecoach Trail. It is expected that the building will be completed before the end of...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Study: Hays County doesn't need new jail

A study commissioned by Hays County commissioners said the county doesn't need an entirely new jail. Instead, the study said the county should add beds to the existing jail and develop alternative means of bonding, docketing and...

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