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Treutlen Opening New Jail
Monday, 16 November 2009

November 16--  Treutlen County is on the verge of opening its new $2 million jail.


Sheriff Corbin, with son Conner looking on, cuts the ribbon on the new jail. Thanks to Jonathan Finley at The Soperton News for the photo.

Sheriff Tommy Corbin hosted an open house at the new facility off Highway 221 South of Soperton Sunday afternoon.  The new jail will also house the county's 911 Center and should be open for operation in the next few days. "We should be able to officially open the doors for inmates maybe in another week.  We've got to move the trunking system for 911 and our antennna for our radioes and that's all we really lack," the sheriff reports.

The old jail was built 90 years ago.  Sheriff Corbin says a new jail is long overdue. "It will actually give the deputies a desk where they can sit down and write a report and we're not actually on top of each other working out of one office," he notes.  The sheriff also says he'll sleep better at night knowing the new jail has two holding cells and a drunk tank to secure people in a safe environment while they are being booked.

The 43-bed jail is being paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.  It was built on land donated by the Georgia Department of Corrections across the road from the state-operated Treutlen Detention Center.

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