New jail complete

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A dedication ceremony is planned to signal the completion of the Chatham County Detention Center expansion project.

In 2004 Sheriff St Lawrence "issued a needs assessment to the county," a county spokesperson says. "In 2006 voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to fund a jail expansion. In December 2010 County Commissioners awarded a $71 million dollar construction contract."

The expansion project added 400,000 square feet and brought the total number of inmates beds to 2,300, nearly double the previous capacity. Major renovations were also done to the administration building, medical, kitchen, laundry and warehouse facilities, as well as new security and fire alarm system.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, January 21, 11 a.m. at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, 1050 Carl Griffin Drive. Sheriff Al St Lawrence and Chatham County Commissioners will be present.

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