New six million dollar jail to ease overcrowding in Washington County
County officials say they have out-grown the old one, and have recently broke ground on a new facility.
Overcrowding is one of the major issues as to why county commissioners approved the building of a new jail.
Washington County Sheriff, Thomas Smith says it was cheaper to build a new 16-million dollar jail rather than maintaining the old one.
“Right now we have over 300 outstanding warrants that we cannot serve because we have no where to where to house these inmates,” said Sheriff Smith. “The public deserves to feel safe in their homes.”
Rayshondal Morell is a nurse at the jail. She says when she is not working she is the “on-call” nurse. Morell says the new jail will be equipped with an infirmary and nurses that will work around the clock.
“If they do come in after hours a nurse will be here to access them, to see if they need further evaluation,” she says.
Washongton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Corey King says they offer a variety of programs to help inmates rehabilitate. Such as drug and alcohol abuse programs along with prison ministries.
“We are looking to add some type of anger management program once we move into the new jail,” said Capt. King.
The new jail will also feature the new Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our staff needs the space, right now we have to go across the street to one of the conference rooms at the airport if we want to have a meeting,” said the captain. “The room we have now only seats seven people.”