Citizens lined up to take a tour of the new Clinton County Jail and Law Center. A grand opening and ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the 24 million dollar facility.
Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln says the new facility will provide more opportunities for training and education to help inmates..
Lincoln says most of the individuals held at the jail will be released into the community at some point.
The capacity of the new jail increases from the current maximum of about 44 to 112 beds plus another 50 in the holding area.
Chief Deputy Steve Diesch has overseen the construction and will oversee the new facility. He says the new facility will be controlled by one individual in a control center. Diesch says one of the features is the inmates self-moving themselves within the facility when needed.
Diesch says another major advantage is a direct connection to the Courthouse to take inmates to court instead of the current system of walking outdoors across the parking lot.
The Chief Deputy also pointed out that the windows at the top level of the building are there to allow the required amount of sunshine into the cells.
There will be a weekend training session for the staff at the new jail and inmates will be moving into the new facility next week.
All images from media tour provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office