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Oldham County officials finalizing plans for construction of updated jail

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Oldham County Jail was built in 1989. Over 25-years-later, the technology is outdated and county officials say it's time for an upgrade.

"We can either renovate, close it, or build a new one," says Oldham County Magistrate Bob Dye. He adds that the last option is the best.

They're still working out the details, but county leaders are moving forward with plans to build a new Oldham County Detention Center in a 20-acre field off highway 146 in Buckner.

They started making plans in 2011.

“Based on all the evidence that's out there, a new detention center, away from downtown La Grange was the best choice to go with," says Dye.

The current location is connected to the courthouse. You can see it falling apart on the outside and on the inside.

A jail built for 75 inmates has already been expanded to fit 40 more. Technology like booking software, computers and cameras are outdated.

"We've had a lot of issues with the roof and issues with flooding inside the jail when it rains extremely hard; another one is plumbing issues," Oldham County jailer Mike Simpson explains.

When that happens, they have to move inmates around and Simpson even had to clear out his office to make room for more beds.

“We were growing and there was a need, but this was a typical thing where we took a Band-aid, creating additional cell space, and moved the administrative office out into a new county owned building," Simpson says.

County leaders have picked JKS Architects and Engineers out of Hopkinsville to design the new facility.

Winchester-based Codell Construction Management will oversee construction. The plan is to build a 250 bed detention center at a cost of nearly $14 million.

"We expect the new jail to last, I'd say, 40-50 years, maybe longer,” Judge Executive David Voegele says. He says the current jail takes a tremendous beating.

"There are people in that jail seven days a week, 24 hours a day, I mean 100 or more, and most of the prisoners in the jail can be hard on the jail," Voegele says.

Once the plans are approved by the state, they hope to break ground in Buckner by the spring with inmates making the transfer by November of 2016.

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