The renovated jail passed inspection and should once again begin housing inmates.
Sheriff Gary Gregory says: "It will be an opportunity for us to be able to furnish a good, healthy environment for persons who have violated the law for the citizens can come and visit their family without having to travel far off."
In the past three years, the county has spent nearly $500,000 annually to house inmates in other jails. With the reopening of this facility, it should save taxpayers money.
"It made things extremely tight financially by being able to move the inmates back. We hope our financial situation improves drastically pretty quick," says Little River County Judge Clayton Castleman.
The jail's opening will also provide additional jobs for the county, Castleman says.
"We are going to be able to employ 7 additional people. We have created 7 different jobs."
The $1.3 million renovation project was partly funded with a $600,000 loan from a local bank. Castleman said that loan should be paid back in five years.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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