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Work on jail expansion set to begin in Duffield

September 19th, 2013 11:27 pm by Wes Bunch

Work on jail expansion   set to begin in Duffield

DUFFIELD — The $10 million expansion of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield moved a step closer to becoming reality after Scott County officials recently approved a building permit for the project.

According to the permit, which was approved Sept. 13, the construction will provide the Duffield facility with an additional 29,500 square feet for housing inmates. Jail authority officials said work is set to begin in the coming weeks with a projected finish date of January 2015.

“The plans as far as the building are not 100 percent complete yet,” SWVRJA Superintendent Steve Clear said. “But they are very, very close and we actually have the contractor (Howard Shockey and Sons of Winchester, Va.) on site and they should be ready to start breaking ground at any time. They’ve already broke ground at our facilities in Abingdon and Haysi.” 

The Duffield jail is part of a roughly $35 million expansion of three of the four facilities overseen by the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority. The project is expected to add a total of 512 beds at the Duffield, Haysi and Abingdon jails.

The authority’s four jails are currently rated to hold a total of 896 inmates.

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