Lowndes County Jail Expansion

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It's a day Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk has waited for.

Friday county commissioners broke ground on a new $6 million project. It's a jail expansion project badly needed to spruce up and expand an aging jailhouse.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk says, "We're real excited about it. It's going to be a lot more cost efficient to run and the new type jails are better laid out. We can run a larger jail with the same amount of people."

The Lowndes County Jail, like most in the county, is over populated, but this project will raise the number of beds from about 660 to 1,000.

Though deputies will not stop enforcing the law, they do want to decrease the number of inmates they house.

"We're doing everything we can to alleviate the jail population and we hope that we can get through this year and not have to outsource," Paulk says.

Citizens seem to be glad that community leaders recognize where money is needed.

Lowndes County resident Randi Finniesse says, "I think it's great they're making more room for the system."

The $6 million expansion will come out of the taxpayer’s wallet, but the sheriff says it is a necessity for the county.