The nearly completed Rush County Jail has been two years in the making and is nearing completion. County commissioner Mark Bacon and others announced an “Open House” at the facility is rapidly approaching.
The one-day event will be held beginning at 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Light refreshments will be served and each 15 minutes a tour of the facility will be held.
The jail will become the sixth in the history of Rush County and once the new jail is occupied and fully operational, the current jail located at 126 East First Street will be razed as a means to provide parking for the new jail.
As previously announced, the jail currently in use was completed in 1976 and currently is one of the oldest jails in the state of Indiana still in use. Due to new state mandates, the new jail will offer a number of amenities not available at the currently housing facility: a section for juvenile offenders aside from the general population cell blocks, laundry service area, recreation area for those incarcerated as well as an infirmary (not realized in previous jail projects), training rooms, housing of the county community corrections department and serve as the county’s central location for fiber optic lines. The multi-leveled structure will also include an internal observation deck for law enforcement personnel to visibly observe cell blocks.
The public is invited to attend the open house.