Voters approve new jail in Cloud County

Voters in Cloud County have approved a proposal to build an 80-bed jail and detention center.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s vote showed the measure passed 1,218 to 567.

Supporters of the plan said before the election that the jail, which will cost an estimated $5.7 million, could raise revenue for the county by housing prisoners from other counties. Opponents had warned that the county had no guarantee that other counties would consistently send prisoners to Cloud County.

The jail will replace an 82-year-old building that houses 22 to 25 prisoners.