County jail expansion could cost $1.5 million

The Falls County commissioners asked for a ballpark estimate of what the cost would be to add space for an additional 48 beds to the Falls County Jail. The answer of $1.5 million definitely started Judge Jay Elliott and the commissioners asking a lot questions, which dominated their meeting Monday morning, Feb. 25.

Sheriff Ricky Scaman has asked to have built six, eightman holding cells which would require about 3,800 square feet of additional space.

Jim Hanks, an engineer with HESCO LLC, gathered the estimated cost and made a verbal presentation to the commissioners. Once Hanks finished talking, Precinct 2 Commissioner F.A. Green said $1.5 million was the amount the court needed to begin considering.

Much of the consideration for the expansion seemed to fall on the basis of the success the county has had in housing other counties’ inmates as a primary reason for the expansion – leading to the questions of whether or not there would be enough demand to fill the beds in the future.



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