The Lincoln County Justice Center is nearing completion. An open house has been planned for Dec. 13 from 3-6 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. on that date.
According to Sheriff Shane Johnson, the purpose of the open house is to give the public a chance to see the new facility and how it will be run.
“Anybody visiting will have access to the whole facility,” he said. “They will be able to go behind the scenes and see how everything works. That includes what the cells look like, the security, kitchen, laundry, recreation, the inside workings of the jail. This is really a one time deal.”
According to Johnson, one of the goals of the open house is to showcase how safe the new facility is.
“It is much more efficient and safe,” he said. “It is safer for inmates and supervisors. It is secure all the way to the court.”
“That gives us the opportunity to separate sick inmates from the others before their illness can spread to the others,” he said. “We will also be able to treat the disease right at the justice center.”
According to Johnson, the new justice center also has fire suppression technology, intercoms into each cell, and a facility to hold suicidal inmates if necessary.
For individuals looking to have a more authentic jailhouse experience, the county will also be holding a “slammer sleep over” on the night of Dec. 13 and the night of Dec. 14.