New jail for Escambia Co.?

County commission gives Sheriff Jackson permission to purchase land from city of Brewton

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission has given Sheriff Heath Jackson the go-ahead to discuss the possibility of purchasing an 80-acre tract of land from the city of Brewton in hopes of building a new detention center.

During an administrative workshop Tuesday afternoon, Jackson told commissioners David Stokes, Brandon Smith and Karean Reynolds that an analysis of the existing facility by PH&J Architects of Montgomery showed nothing could really be done to upgrade and expand the current jail. Jackson said the final analysis should be ready by next week.

"We can't do anything with this jail," J...