The trio of Rush County Commissioners Mark Bacon, Paul Wilkinson and Bruce Levi, along with Rush County Sheriff Allan Rice, recently announced plans for the public to tour the new Rush County Jail.
The one-day public event will be held Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. Prior to the public event, local and state officials will speak. In coming weeks, the state of art facility will replace the current jail that was completed in 1976.
For a number of years, the current inmate housing facility has been one of the oldest jails in the state still in use. Annual inspections by state officials have noted deficiencies in the elder structure, prompting county officials to embark on building a new jail.
Many technological advances in recent years will be noted and play a large role in the day-to-day operations of the facility both from public, inmate and staff security.
Throughout the jail, a two-door security system will be in place and only law enforcement officers and jail administrative staff will have access to many areas.
The jail will house not only the sheriff’s office, but also the Rush County Coroner and community corrections department. As a result of technology, live time video can be used to communicate with not only Rush County Courts, but courts throughout the area saving numerous transport miles with inmates being transported to out of county court appearances.
Meals will be prepared for the inmate’s onsite at a substantial savings to Rush County taxpayers. Previously meals were prepared at RMH and cost the county $1.92 per inmate daily. As a result of the state of the art kitchen, meals will save the county roughly .92 per inmate daily. The new jail will also offer a medical wing that will allow the inmate to remain in a secure area when medical issues are required rather than be transported to RMH requiring a deputy to stay and provide security.
The new facility also boast meeting and training areas for staff and officers as well as a secure learning center for inmates seeking to further their education and or attend drug or alcohol cessation meetings.
Parking for the open house will be available in the lots near SR 44 and west of the sheriff department and jail as well as the city office lot.
Tours of the new jail will be offered each 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m.