Mar 27, 2014 9:41 PM by katc
Officials and citizens in Jeff Davis Parish are continuing their efforts to build and operate a new parish jail. "The current 62-bed facility, built in 1964, is undersized, outdated, always filled to capacity and in need of replacement," Sheriff Ivy Woods said. The location of the new jail will be determined in the near future and will include 200 beds, 160 men, 20 women, 20 ISO (Isolated) cells. The facility is not a prison and not for Department Of Correction prisoners, it is a jail for Pre-Trial offenders.
$10 million is currently allocated to build the facility through the Capital Outlay budget and no match from the Parish is required. In the past, Jeff Davis Parish citizens would pay for construction, maintenance and operation of the jail. Now the citizens will only pay for the maintenance and operation of the proposed jail through the ½ cent proposed sales tax on the ballot on May 3rd.
The public is invited to attend an informative meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014 to hear about the construction of a new Jefferson Davis Parish Jail and the proposed ½ cent sales tax for operation and maintenance.
The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury Room located at 304 State Street in Jennings. Those attending will also have the opportunity to become a member of a jail committee to get the information out to the voters of the public.