CORINTH – Thursday’s groundbreaking for the new Alcorn County Justice Center was the culmination of years of effort and cooperation among county and city officials.
Board of Supervisors President Gary Ross presided over the event on South Harper Road to formally launch what is projected to be about 16 months of construction to bring the county and regional jail complex to completion.
“This is one of only a few of this type of project in Mississippi and one of few in the South,” Ross said to a crowd of about 50, which included city, county and state officials as well as the regional director for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers.
The 148,000-square-foot facility will house a justice center to include county justice court, Corinth municipal court, the sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, Alcorn County emergency management and Alcorn County E-911; a 300-bed Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate facility; a 240-bed Alcorn County detention center; a 50-bed trusty dorm and a 70-bed dorm for inmates working to pay restitution.
Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart and Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster have worked closely with each other and project architect Michael LeBlanc to assure the sheriff’s office, police department, county jail facilities and state inmate regional jail will fulfill all the county’s requirements.
Other beneficiaries include the county’s public safety offices and municipal courts.
“I’ll be making regular bimonthly updates to the board of supervisors,” LeBlanc said, “letting them know how construction is progressing, what the percentage completion is and whether there are any weather delays. I expect by mid-march to see something above ground and to have something we can walk through by summer.”
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