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Jail construction continues

Friday, September 23, 2005

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Labor Foreman Brett Sillotto with Hannig Construction Inc. out of Terre Haute, operates a floor sander on Wednesday to smooth the concrete surface under the control tower in the new Clay County Jail.

When walking through the new jail, you kind of get the sense that someone's watching you. At least, that is the feeling you should get.

By completion, the new 56,000-square foot Clay County Jail will be supplied with the technology to view almost every corner and room in the building. New technology includes videoconferencing units, sally-port doors (to help prevent escapes) and one of Caterpillar's best selling generators, according to the jail's Construction Project Representative Gary Rodgers.

Male inmates in the low-medium security section of the new jail will be treated to the luxury of a four-person cell that measures 14 feet by 12 feet. While inmates in the maximum security section of the jail will be housed in two-person cells that are 7 feet by 12 feet. Each two and four person cell has a shower, toilet and sink, along with built-in beds and a built-in writing/eating table.

A group of cells, ranging from four to eight in a block, will be joined by a day room area that will include tables and stools (welded together and bolted down), phones, televisions and videoconferencing monitors.

Women will be housed in a dorm-type area that has beds, showers, toilets, sinks, phones, televisions and videoconferencing monitors.

There is a total of 156 beds in the new facility, compared to the overcrowded old jail's 48 beds. That total does not include the holding cells, the medical cell, padded cell and de-tox cell.

Not only do the inmates get an expanded place to stay, but the Sheriff's officers, dispatchers, 9-1-1 call center and detectives all get offices in the new building.

There will be a laundry room with two washers and dryers. While the kitchen has all new stainless steel, industrial-sized equipment.

There are still lots of things that need to be completed in the new jail, but Rodgers, still has hopes that the jail will be finished before Nov. 1.

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