Ward County Jail Is Doubling Its Capacity

The Ward County Jail is finishing a thirty-nine million dollar construction project to increase their occupancy.

The current jail only has fifty cells that can hold one-hundred ten inmates.

Alexus Arthur is live at the Ward County Jail to give us an inside look.

Right now, the jail is still being built but when it's finished it will have 100 cells holding a capacity of 200 people.

The design has the cells broken up into sections.

There will be two floors per section that can hold roughly 25 inmates.

The cells have bunked beds and bathroom and then there is 1 shower per section.

Sheriff Bob Barnard told me that there isn't enough room for the inmates at the current jail and many of them need to be transported.

With the addition, they'll be able to house all the inmates, separate them accordingly, and keep everything in one building.

"Ward County spent 505,000 dollars last year on housing inmates outside of our own facility, so we need to get this facility done and open so we can have them here at a lower cost." said Bob Barnard.

They hope to have construction done by the end of the year.

With the use of both the buildings, the Ward County Jail will have approximately have capacity for 300 inmates.


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