The 100-bed Logan County Jail that is being built for $10.9 million on South Lowder Road in Paris is “coming along,” according to Logan County Judge Ray Gack.
The jail, which will replace one built in the 1980s in Paris, is on schedule to open next May or June, according to Gack.
“I’ve walked through it,” Gack said last week, “and it’s pretty impressive. I’m ready for it to be finished.”
The eastern part of the building, the section housing the 100 cells, is in the dry, Gack said. The roof started being installed late last month. The 100 pre-cast cells were installed starting two weeks ago.
“Workers are putting in the security lid on that part of it right now,” Gack said last week. “The security lid goes over the jail section and prevents inmates from trying to crawl out through the ceiling. The roof of that section will have four layers. Once that’s in, they can start laying more concrete blocks.”
The existing jail is being replaced because it has failed several inspections by the state. The state has repeatedly cited it for being overcrowded and unsafe. The new jail construction is being funded by a sales tax that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year. Operational expenses are also being funded by a sales tax.
In addition to cells, the building will house the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and a courtroom for the Northern District Court and the 15th Judicial District.
“It’s coming along,” Gack said. “It’s not fancy but then we didn’t want fancy.”