Jackson County leaders unveiled new $27.6 million Adult Detention Center for public tours

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PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Jackson County leaders have unveiled a new $27.6 million Adult Detention Center and opened it for public tours before inmates are moved in before year's end.

The Mississippi Press reports (http://bit.ly/20fn8tn) the 104,000-square-foot, 752-bed jail is on land adjacent to the current county jail.

The mostly steel building is a major improvement from the aging, overcrowded jail.

For example, there's a visual visitation room where family members can go to talk to inmates through a video feed.

That cuts down on contraband issues and makes visits safer for everyone, Lead Correctional Deputy Heath Kelley said.

Family members with Internet access and a web camera can also virtually visit with inmates from their own homes, he said.

The new jail also has a much larger kitchen that will be manned by fewer inmate workers, a medical center for both medical and dental attention, and more space for booking and classifying inmates.

There are even indoor recreation rooms, with skylights and basketball goals.

There's a fully secure sally port, 16 booking cells -- 10 are singles and six hold multiple people -- and two classification rooms to hold men or women.

There are three pods -- Pods A, B and C -- that each have a control room operated by one person. That control room has total control over the cells.

The jail is made from a pre-engineered metal shell and has brick masonry on the main entrance.

The jail will be able to withstand 150 mph winds, and its modular steel cells are meant to shelter inmates in place.

Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com

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