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Ward County nearly complete with $37M jail renovation

September 24, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A $37 million county jail expansion and renovation project in Minot is almost complete.

Ward County Sheriff Bob Barnard told the Minot Daily News that only floor tiling and other small projects are needed to finish the jail’s renovation that began two years ago. The Ward County Jail’s new addition opened last November, but work to remodel the older portion of the jail has been ongoing.

The jail renovation has outpaced its projected January 2019 completion date.

The expansion will allow the jail to house up to 200 inmates, and the county is considering a potential contract to take in federal prisoners. The jail’s current occupancy is at about 122 inmates.

“Because the efficiency of the new portion is greater, the majority of the population will be housed on the new side,” Barnard said.

The original facility’ cells may be used to house inmates who need to be close to the medical offices, he said. The jail expanded its space for medical examinations and medication storage.

Upgrades have also been made to the original building’s booking area, control room, inmate holding room and spaces for bond companies and attorneys to meet with inmates.

The Ward County Commission expects to have the improvements’ final costs by mid-October.

Commissioner Chairman Alan Walter said projections show that there will likely be $300,000 left in unspent contingency money once the project is completed.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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