- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Construction crews are set to begin work this week on expanding Flathead County’s crowded jail.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/2f3DhjD ) that the county commission finalized plans for the $1.3 million expansion last week. The project will add about 40 beds to the Flathead County Detention Center to deal with issues of overcrowding.

The 30-year-old facility is meant to hold about 60 inmates, but frequently houses more than 100. Some inmates have been sleeping on portable floor beds.

The jail is being expanded into the old county attorney’s office, which has moved to a new building across the street.

County officials expect to be able to get inmates into the new beds by the spring.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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