MARIETTA — Love County officials prepare for a groundbreaking ceremony next week for the Love County Justice Center and it’s a facility that could not be built soon enough.
“The current jail is overcrowded and it has passed its useful life,” District 2 Commissioner Linda Hyman said. “Many repairs are needed on a regular basis and the current jail does not meet the current jail standards.”
The current jail capacity is 31 inmates, but Hyman said the county remains over that number on a daily basis. The new Justice Center, a 22,000 square-foot facility, would be able to house 97 inmates in addition to the Sheriff’s office, E-911 and Emergency Management. It will also have a commercial kitchen and laundry room.
Hyman said the new facility will cost the county $9 million. It is expected to be completed late spring or early summer of 2018.
A groundbreaking ceremony for The Love County Justice Center is set for 10 a.m. Monday, at Highway 77 at the northern city limits in Marietta, where the new facility will be built. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Jan. 30.