Jackson County finishes building new jail, security system praised

Jackson County finishes building new jail, security system praised

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - After plenty of controversy and debate over location and design, the new Jackson County Adult Detention Center is finally complete.

Officials say the facility's security system is state of the art, community members got a look inside the new jail paid for with their taxpayer dollars at a recent open house.

"This is extremely nice. I think the money was well spent here and going to be benefit from it," Ray Fountaine  said

The 104,000 square foot jail can hold up to 752 inmates, which officials say is a safer place for both staff and inmates. There are day rooms, medical areas and a security system that jail officials call impressive.

"We have over 21 different types of cells in the facilities ranging from detox cells here in our booking area to two and four bunk cells in our day rooms," said Jeff May, program manager. "The facility also has a video visitation area where families can come and visit via the video with their incarcerated family members. And we will also have a video court arraignment that will allow the inmates to stay on site and be arraigned through the court systems."

Relatives of Bruce Evans, a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in 2000, helped cut the ribbon on the facility named in his honor.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says the road leading to the jail will soon be renamed Bruce Evans Road.

"It's been 15 years and we're very proud of what he's done for our community," said Blake Evans, Bruce Evan's daughter. "It means a lot that the community is still remembering him. All the terrible things that are happening to our police officers now, it's great to see the community is still respecting his memory by naming the road and naming this amazing facility after him."

Officials say because of how the building was constructed, inmates would not need to be relocated during hurricanes. Jackson County Jail officials are not certain yet when the staff and inmates will move into the new facility.

County supervisors say they were proud to have built the facility without having to raise taxes.

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