Jackson Co. jail vote falls short of super-majority

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JACKSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Jackson County won't be getting a new jail.

Tuesday, voters turned down a $6.9 million bond issue.

More than 52 percent of voters favored the new jail, but it needed a 60 percent super-majority to pass.

The call to make safety and security improvements started more than a year ago.

In February 2017, two inmates escaped from the jail. They were both on the run for more than a week before authorities caught them.