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Updated: 11/02/2013 08:00:03AM

Jail gets death sentence

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A cell at the South County Holding Facility. Sheriff Tom Knight says his office will save more than $1 million a year by closing the facility, which will require the Venice and North Port police departments to transport prisoners to Sarasota.


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Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight will appear before Venice City Council Wednesday to say what local law enforcement officials don’t want to hear — he’s going to close the South County Holding Facility, perhaps as early as the turn of the year.

The facility — known informally as the South County Jail, housed at the Venice Police Department off East Venice Avenue — is used to hold people arrested in South County either until they bail out or need to be transported to Sarasota for further processing. A van comes to the facility every eight hours — if needed — to pick up people arrested by the Venice and North Port police departments, and by deputies in the unincorporated parts of South County, to take them to the “real” jail in North County.

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