Construction expected to be done Aug 5 on new Allen Parish jail; inmates could move in Sept

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OBERLIN, Louisiana — The new jail in Allen Parish could be ready for inmates by September.

Sheriff Doug Hebert III tells The American Press ( ) that construction of the 200-bed jail is expected to be completed by Aug. 5.

He says administrative offices can move immediately, and security system checks and worker training can begin. The sheriff says they want to be sure everything is working before inmates are moved in.

The 38,000-square-foot jail has eight wings, and is costing $8.3 million.

The 47-acre site just west of Oberlin also will house a new 911 center, dispatchers, patrol division, detectives, an evidence room, criminal records and a squad room.

The parish had hoped to open the jail in March. Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson says weather, inspection delays and other problems slowed the project.

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