County eyes land for new jail

Escambia County (Ala.) Commissioners will decide on option to purchase land for a new detention center

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission will likely make a decision at its next meeting on whether or not to execute an option to purchase an 80-acre tract of land from the city of Brewton for the possible site of a new detention center.

During Monday's commission meeting, commissioners were given a copy of the proposed agreement and were asked to look over it before the next meeting. Unless it's moved to March, the next scheduled commission meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

The agreement gives the county the option to purchase the land from the city for $250,000. If agreed to by the city and t...