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Correctional Center Facelift 11/28/17  11/30/17 12:15:11 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
One housing mod at a time, workers replace glass, lights, worn-out window frames and dingy paint. Above, the paint and lighting on the left has been upgraded; the right displays the old lighting and paint.
Correctional Center Facelift
Ten million dollars of last year’s $45 million public safety bond issue are being spent to enhance the security and safety of those who are held in and who work at Douglas County Department of Corrections. Eight housing units and one recreation area in the 1988 annex are being renovated in Phase 1. Phase 2 will renovate areas in the original 1976 portion of the building. Most renovations are complete, but new construction will follow. New LED lighting increases safety by enabling the staff to see all areas of the jail better while significantly decreasing energy bills. With a population of more than 1,000 who must be kept safe and secure, scheduling work is complicated and must be done in phases. Some external improvements are also being made. As County Commissioner James Cavanaugh said, all will be done “on time and on budget” with absolutely no increase in property taxes. The facility is the largest correctional center in the state. Department of Corrections Director Mark Foxall thanked the many organizations who helped get the bond issue passed as well as the many people involved in the project. Construction Manager Jeff McGill noted that extra security measures made the project unique: “Screwdriver in, screwdriver out.”
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