Mon., January 4, 2010 4:07pm (EST)

Brunswick Joins Jail Opponents In Court
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 5 years ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  —  
Protesters in front of the Glynn County Courthouse in 2008 decry an effort to expand the jail in downtown Brunswick.  (photo Troup Nightingale/Southeastern Photography <a href="http://www.southeasternphotography.com">Southeastern Photography</a>)
Protesters in front of the Glynn County Courthouse in 2008 decry an effort to expand the jail in downtown Brunswick. (photo Troup Nightingale/Southeastern Photography Southeastern Photography)
The City of Brunswick is joining the legal fight to stop a controversial expansion of the Glynn County jail.

Brunswick is filing a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a group that wants the state Supreme Court to block expansion of the county jail.

County officials say, the jail needs more space.

But city officials say, its downtown location -- in the Historic District and across the street from the waterfront -- is inappropriate for jail expansion and would thwart redevelopment.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson says, the city won't be giving the county the city-owned streets where the county wants to expand the jail.

"The city of Brunswick is opposed to this and will not be conveying two streets that, in statements made by the County Commissioners and the County Manager in the past, the plan is not feasible without those streets," Thompson says.

The streets are at the heart of the legal case.

The state Supreme Court has not decided yet whether to take the case