- Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

JEROME, Idaho (AP) - Officials in Jerome County in south-central Idaho plan to break ground on a new jail and sheriff’s office in March after voters finally approved an $11.2 million bond.

The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/110ZINs) in a story on Thursday that the new jail will have 135 beds with room to expand.

“This building was designed and planned for a minimum 20-year growth period,” Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said. “We will have room for the growth of staff and services well into the future.”

The current jail has 32 beds but up to 80 inmates at a time. The county must pay to house the extra inmates in neighboring jails. Official said the new jail will eliminate that problem and save the county $250,000 a year.

Voters approved the bond in May 2013 after rejecting it in 2009, 2010 and 2012.



The county paid $340,000 to buy land and recently signed a $10.8 million contract with Scott Hedrick Construction, based in Boise. The new building should be finished within 14 months, officials said.

Russell Moorhead, managing partner in LCA Architects, told county commissioners in a recent email that the floor plans and basic drawings are done, and more construction documents should be finished by Friday.

Plans call for city officials to review the designs in December and for a building permit to be issued before the year ends.

The new jail will have dormitory-style rooms that hold 12 to 15 inmates. Inmates who are considered higher risk will go into smaller cells with two beds. The new building will also house all of the sheriff’s operations, including patrol, investigations and driver’s licenses.

The current jail and sheriff’s office will be used for storage, Commissioner Charlie Howell said.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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