County breaks ground on new jail
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The Saline County Jail project took a big step forward on October 27th. Officials gathered to officially break ground on the project.

The project was approved by voters last November. A one-half percent sales tax to help pay for the new building went into effect on April 1st.

Plans for the new jail include:
  • Space for 392 inmates, allowing the County to stop paying for inmates to be housed in other counties.
  • Dedicated spaces for both male and female inmates with special needs, as well as medical housing.
  • Expanded program space to add programs to help with rehabilitation and re-entry.
  • Energy-efficient, utilities that are more accessible for repairs, staff efficiencies.
  • Includes a new Sheriff’s Office space for Administration, Patrol, Investigations, and Records.
What's Next?
Site grading work is set to begin in mid-November. It is currently estimated that footings for the building will be poured in mid-January, with the building closed in by late summer of 2022. Construction work will then continue on the building interior, with an estimated completion date of September 2023.

Stay tuned for more information!

Phil Smith-Hanes
Saline County Administrator