Thomas County Judical Project Information and Progress
Thomas County officials told about 90 county residents a new justice center would be much safer for county employees, law-enforcement officers and the public than the present jail and courthouse. District Judge Glenn Schiffner said the justice center, if approved, would take at least two years to build. It would house a new jail, courtrooms, sheriff’s office and offices for the courts and county attorney, leaving space for other agencies in the existing courthouse. Judge Schiffner, who is retiring in January, said he understands people’s concerns and wants to let people know the main reason the county needs the justice center is for the safety of county employees, the public and jail inmates. The current jail and courthouse put people in danger due to the poor condition of the current jail and confined and narrow hallways of the courthouse.