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Lawrence County jail reopens after renovations

Monday, February 1, 2010 | 9:33 a.m. CST

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — After six months of renovations, the Lawrence County jail will reopen and begin housing prisoners.

The Joplin Globe reported that Sheriff Brad DeLay said at least 25 prisoners will return to the jail in Mount Vernon Monday. The jail has a capacity for 52 inmates.

The jail was closed last summer after numerous escapes and a brief inmate riot. The total cost of renovating the jail and housing inmates in other counties for six months was about $454,000.

Delay said the renovations include new doors on the jail cells, a safer way to open the doors and more security cameras.

The sheriff said that even with the renovations, the county will have to consider building a new jail sometime in the next few years because of increasing inmate populations.

 


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