Lee County Jail Almost Open

Lee County's new $20 million dollar jail and Sheriff's office is almost complete. The largest construction project in county history will be up and running by late May.

Final touches are being made to the new, Lee County Sheriff's Detention and Administration center.

"Bottom line on this whole project is that it's on time and on budget, very pleased," said Sheriff Jay Jones.

The facility adds 83-thousand square feet to Sherifff's office, including investigations, patrol and detention.

"We feel like we have a lot more room and that will allow us to be much more efficient and economic in our operations," said Jones.

A training room, complete with theater seating will allow for continued education. Space will more than triple for employees in the new 911-center and booking area.

"We wanted something to carry us out through the next couple of decades, and provide us with a good type of facility that would allow us to serve the public for many ears to come," Jones said.

Nearly every square inch is monitored by close circuit cameras. In the detention area, 200 more beds means the facility can house up to 440 inmates. There are two levels in each section of the pod. Large windows allow for easy monitoring.

"There are approximately 6 sections to the pod, and in each section allows for viability from the central control room where our staff will be to observe all activity going on and maintain security as a result," said the Sheriff.

In June, after Sheriff Jones and his staff move into the new facility, the building they are in now will undergo massive renovation. Once that's completed, the renovated space will house an expansion of the Lee County Court System.