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Officials in Scott County, Ind. show off new multi-million dollar jail

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Community members were invited Sunday to tour the new multi-million dollar jail in Scott County.

The $11.5-million facility features 150 to 200 cameras, as well as dorm-style cells with a bedroom, bathroom and dining room in one.

There is also one-sided glass that allows correctional officers to see into each cell from the control room.

“There’s not a blind spot in the place,” described longtime county commissioner Larry Blevins. “We were concerned about the safety of the jailers and officers. With this new facility, there’s not a place that has a bad spot.”

The original jail was built back in 1985 and it has just 65 beds. The new one has about 136 beds.

Blevins says half of the expansion was paid for with money from the sale of the county hospital, along with the County Occupational Income Tax, known as COIT. The other half was financed through bonds.

“The public is the one that’s financing and paying for the facility. We wanted to open the doors and let them have a chance to see what they got for their money,” Blevins said.

Blevins says the next step in the process will be renovating and modernizing the old jail at an estimated cost of about $3-million. It should allow both jails to house about 200 inmates total.

According to the commissioner, the county has more than 170 inmates, which means roughly $45,000 a month is spent to keep many inmates in other counties.

The goal would be to house all county inmates in Scott County, while also having space for inmates from other southern Indiana counties.

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