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Construction at Jefferson County Jail nears completion

An expansion and renovation project that's been going on for two years at the Jefferson County Jail is almost finished. (WJAC)

BROOKVILLE - An expansion and renovation project that's been going on for two years at the Jefferson County Jail is almost finished.

Warden Tom Elbel said phase one of the $8 million construction included a new medical department, program rooms the jail never had before and a new cellblock.

Inmates who had been housed in a modular unit made of trailers bolted together were transferred into the new cellblock in December.

Elbel said the jail gained 40 beds and can now house 175 inmates.

Construction on the new booking center, kitchen and minimum security area is still underway.

"The booking center we have now is very small," Elbel said. "It's where inmates are going to be searched and get their showers before they're moved to general population."

Elbel said the minimum security area is where the best-behaved inmates are housed. It will hold 48 people whenever it's fully occupied.

Elbel expects the entire project to be finished by July 19. He plans to have an open house for the public to tour the facility.

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