Russell County to expand jail - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Russell County to expand jail

PHENIX CITY, AL (AP) - Russell County, which is running out of room for inmates in its jail, is getting an addition.

County officials are planning to build an additional dorm behind the Prentiss L. Griffith Detention Center that would increase capacity by more than 50%. The county commission is accepting bids for the 120-bed facility, and will open them April 28.

Sheriff Heath Taylor says the jail was designed to hold about 225 inmates, but held about 400 in November. He says the population fluctuates between 310 and 350.

The current jail was built in 1991 under a federal court order after several inmates sued the county for civil rights violations stemming from the cramped quarters.

Plans call for a 15,000 square-foot facility that would be an open day space with less security.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Powered by Frankly