New $8 million jail facility opens in Vernon County

Saturday, May 30, 2009 | 6:10 p.m. CDT

NEVADA — A county in western Missouri is ready to open a new $8 million facility that includes a sheriff's office and jail.

Vernon County Sheriff Ron Peckman said the new facility will be able to house 86 inmates, compared with just 24 in the old jail.

A half-cent county law enforcement sales tax approved by voters paid for the facility.

Peckman said deputies are impressed, as the old jail lacked interview rooms and a place to segregate suspects.

The sheriff's office was hosting a $25 lock-in fundraiser on Saturday for residents interested in seeing the new building.

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