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Construction set to start on new jail

OCtober 11, 2005

Valdosta - Construction will start next week on a much-needed jail expansion in Lowndes County.

The first phase of the project will include a new medical unit, intake and visitation area, and kitchen. The current facilities are only big enough for about half of the jail's inmate population.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk says this expansion will create a safer environment for the inmates and jail employees. "When you get inmates cramped in an area, you are going to have fights, more problems there so it definitely presents a lot of problems right now," said Paulk.

The expansion costs about 5.6 million dollars and will be paid for with sales tax money. Construction should be finished by November of 2006.

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