Lowndes County Expands Jail

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

A growing population and influx of state prisoners has officials expanding the Lowndes County jail.

"It's something we certainly needed," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine. "The older portion of the jail was beginning to deteriorate. It had been approximately 17 years since there'd been any construction done on the older part."

Known as Phase Two, the 76,874 square foot facility has eight new pods.

Each steel cell holds two prisoners, others four.

"It's just a cleaner environment," said Prine. "And it's more secure than the older portion of the jail."

One safety feature is this central command center which lies in the middle of the eight pods.

It's designed this way so jail officers can monitor what the inmates are doing at all times, even though the prisoners can't see them.

"The newer portion, we would transfer the inmates from the older portion of the jail to the new addition and then we would start re-construction on the older portion of the jail," said Prine.

The addition adds so much space that the jail will soon be able to house almost 1,000 prisoners.

It's slated to open November 4.

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