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New DeSoto County Jail progressing on schedule

Construction on the new DeSoto County jail is scheduled to finish on time. The project was in planning four years ago, but thanks to a mild winter, workers expect to be finished with $13.5 million facility after September. Construction on the new DeSoto County jail is scheduled to finish on time. The project was in planning four years ago, but thanks to a mild winter, workers expect to be finished with $13.5 million facility after September.

(WMC-TV) - Construction on the new DeSoto County jail is scheduled to finish on time.

The project was in planning four years ago, but thanks to a mild winter, workers expect to be finished with $13.5 million facility after September.

On Monday, Action News 5 got an inside look at the progress.

A construction zone filled with dozens of workers will soon become home to nearly 300 inmates in Hernando, Mississippi.

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said they'll use both jails at first.

"The new facility will house all the city inmates and females at that [new] facility and the county inmates and the ones that we're holding as state inmates for trial will be held here," Rasco said.

When we went inside the new jail site, we found the beginnings of a sally port, booking and processing areas, holding cells, and inmate pods.

"We've got the walls up now. They're putting the roof on now and got all the electrical in the ground, the plumbing in the ground," Rasco said.

The County's Board of supervisors gave the green light after widespread growth in the county eventually led to overpopulation at the current jail.

"With the crowded facility sometimes we had people sleeping on mats on the floors," Rasco recalled.

Rasco hopes the supervisors will go forward with Phase 2 of the new jail. He said that would house roughly 600 inmates, 200 more than they can now.

"We want to get away from running two facilities as soon as possible," Rasco said.

Security features will be top of the line at the new jail, but Rasco said technology will also be an asset.

"We'll set up a place at this facility here and if they have an inmate down there they want to visit with they can do it through video," said Rasco.

Construction workers have told the Sheriff that they expect to be finished after September.

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