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Construction starts on new jail

October 28, 2005

Valdosta - Construction is underway on a new multi million dollar jail addition in Lowndes County.

County leaders broke ground on the new facility Friday. The current jail is only big enough for about 650 inmates, and when the project is finished, it will be able to house 1,000.

The first phase includes a new medical unit, kitchen, and intake area. After that, they'll start on a new housing division.

Construction will cost about 6 million dollars and is being paid for with sales tax money, but Sheriff Ashley Paulk says the new facility will end up saving taxpayers' money. "It's going to be a lot more cost effective to run, the new type jails are better laid out and you can actually run a larger jail with the same amount of people," said Paulk.

The first phase of construction should be finished in about a year.

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