COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Covington County law enforcement officials now have a new jail facility which will alleviate overcrowding and give officers and investigators additional space to work.
County officials cut a ribbon Saturday afternoon on a $3.5 million complex on Highway 84, just west of Collins. It has 100 beds, increased office space and holding areas set aside for both male and female inmates.
It replaces a decades-old county jail which is located in downtown Collins.
"We've got two female lockdown cells, which will hold four in it (and) we've got four male lockdown cells which will hold two apiece," said Stann Smith, sheriff of Covington County. "The rest of it pretty much is dormitory-type cells," he said.
Smith said some work still needs to be done to complete a 30-bed minimum security wing of the jail.
And Smith said the county will be hiring about 15 new law enforcement officers to work at the facility.