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Lafayette jail construction under way

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Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:31 AM
Source: Associated Press

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LAFAYETTE, La. - By this time next year, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office plans to move its road crew inmates and those in work release and rehabilitation programs from its downtown jail and annex into its public safety complex now under construction.

Rob Reardon, corrections director, says road crew inmates are lower-security inmates who work in crews under the supervision of deputies.

The public safety complex sits on 29 acres and will house several buildings, including a 31,285 square foot secure housing facility for 216 inmates. Another building will serve as transitional housing, providing 320 beds for those in work release, rehabilitation and re-entry programs.

Construction on the $24 million project began about six months ago and is expected to be complete by July.

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