The new jail will be located on North Holly Street, south of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport and is scheduled to take three years to build.
In 2002, Lubbock voters passed an $82 million bond to pay for the jail. The actual cost to build it is $68 million. The remaining money will be used for other costs associated with the jail.
Commissioner James Kitten says this has been a "mammoth" project...many years of research, planning and now the next three years busy building.
The county has dealt with overcrowding issues for six years. Monday's occupancy, according to jail officials, is at 72 4 inmates. The maximum capacity is 795.
The county also houses 255 inmates in other jails outside of the county. The county budgets $1.8 million a year for out-of-county inmate housing. The money will be used for additional staff when the new jail is built.
Lubbock County Jail Set for Groundbreaking This Summer
NewsChannel 11 has learned a groundbreaking has been scheduled for the new Lubbock County Jail.
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