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Coffee County officials pleased with jail progress

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:00 am


The new Coffee County Jail is on track to open in August, 2014. (File photo by Josh Peterson)

The soon-to-be-new Coffee County Jail on Hillsboro Highway has made substantial progress since last summer and is still on track to open in August, according to Commissioner and Jail Review Committee chairman Tim Morris.

“We’ve been very pleased with our construction manager Bell Construction,” Morris said, “they’ve been on top of everything and they keep us informed of what’s going on, and they’ve done a real good job.”

Morris added that the new facility should solve many of the problems of the current jail by alleviating overcrowding and providing better segregation of inmates, reduction of inmate medical costs, and safer, more sanitary conditions in general for the inmates as well corrections officers.

The state-of-the-art facility will have a total of 400 beds in two, two-story cell pods.

According to sheriff’s captain Rick Gentry, the windows of the circular, second-story “control tower” in the center of each pod will have one-way glass so that guards can see out but inmates cannot see in. …

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