Gwen Rummell Reporting –

Harrison County unveiled a brand-new jail at an August 17th ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The property, formerly the old U.S. Army Reserve, was taken into possession by the county following its disbursement.

Sheriff Joe Myers says the county was in need of a bigger jail instead of its current facility.

“We have to transport so many of our inmates out of the facility to other facilities. By having all of our deputies on the road and by having a new facility, at least we can be able to have them in our county back on patrolling the roads about 20 more percent of the time.”

The new jail will have 60 beds, different housing units, a full-service laundry and kitchen. A reception and visitation unit along with two sally ports for transportation will also be included.

Following a 16 to 18-month-long period of construction, the jail will start holding prisoners.

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