Ft. Bend Co. expands jail

September 15, 2009 4:45:08 PM PDT
Fort Bend County Tuesday showed off its brand new expanded jail which more than doubles the county's inmate capacity. The nearly 250,000 square foot expansion cost about $88 million. The new jail expansion adds just over a 1,000 beds and expands the overall housing capacity to more than 1,700 inmates.

"I commend the citizens of Fort Bend County for letting us put this facility up. It will continue to serve the citizens of Fort Bend County for decades to come," said Judge Robert Hebert.

The Fort Bend Co. Sheriff's Office will begin transferring prisoners into the new expansion in late September. The county also plans to open a new criminal justice center across the street in March of 2011.

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