It's taken Lubbock County years of research and planning. In just a few hours, the county will break ground for a new jail. The future home of the jail is a few miles Southeast of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport and across the street from the Lubbock County Corrections Facility.
The new jail will replace the current downtown jail that has reached capacity. Today, 260 inmates are housed in jails outside of Lubbock County because the downtown jail is to capacity with almost 800 inmates. The new jail will house up to 2,500 inmates. You may remember, Lubbock County voters approved an $82 million bond to finance the project in 2002. The actual construction of the jail will cost the county $67 million. Construction is expected to take about three years. Sheriff David Gutierrez says years of planning and research have been worth the wait.
"To see a whole new facility consummate and come to fruition is just truly exciting for me. Personally I feel like I'm part of history here in Lubbock county when it comes to detention and criminal justice," says Sheriff Gutierrez.
Groundbreaking for the new jail will take place Tuesday morning at ten.