- Written by Steve Frank
A new jail has meant a new revenue source for Avery County, as 2013 statistics for the new facility are showing. The first full year of operation of the jail showed a doubling of income from the facility, Sheriff Kevin Fryes release saying that $143,303 was brought to county coffers, the majority from funds in the housing of inmates from agencies outside Avery County, from the Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Program, as well as from the jail commissary, phone service and others. That figure, plus Civil Process, fingerprints, and handgun permit revenues$49,989showed the Avery Sheriffs Office returning nearly $200,000 to the county$193,292 in 2013. The same phenomenon was reported by Ashe County a couple of years back when their new jail opened, opening up new revenues from outside sources.