After Council Hearing, Barry Opposes Jail Relocation, Maynard Urges Support of Police HQ

Nashville Scene

After nearly three hours of public comment Tuesday night on Mayor Karl Dean's proposed capital projects, council support for three items on his agenda is now seriously in doubt...

On Wednesday morning, At-Large Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Megan Barry reiterated her support for the flood protection proposal, but announced that she had signed onto an amendment pulling the relocated jail out of the Capital Improvement Budget.

“I have heard loud and clear from residents in Southeast Nashville who are opposed to the relocation of the jail into their neighborhood," Barry said in a statement released by her campaign. "In addition, I have serious concerns about the ability for those who are served by the criminal justice system to access legal representation and transit if we were to move the jail from Downtown to Antioch. Last night, I joined my fellow councilmembers in signing on to an amendment that would take the proposed Southeast jail out of the Capital Improvement Budget."

She added that she "heard serious concerns about the relocation of the police headquarters to Jefferson Street" but said she "will be taking a closer look at that proposal over the next week."

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