Henry County Sheriff’s Office looking to update jail

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Henry County jail is a medium-security detention center that is operated locally by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing.

Now, it might be time for an update.

“We really have gotten our best deal out of this jail that we could get,” said Michael Neiswanger, Henry County Sheriff Chief Deputy. “So, now we’re looking at building something new down the road in the next few years. Hopefully, it’ll be state of the art, have a little more capacity, allow us to do more with our jail, and be safer, and have better conditions.”

According to Neiswanger, a lot of jails will be updated every 15 to 20 years.

“It’s a great jail, but the core of the building is probably near 80-years-old,” Neiswanger said. “The updates that have been done to it are close to about 30 years now. A few things here and there have been done, minor things, in the past 20 years, but it’s really about time to do that.”

As to how the department would pay for something like this, Neiswanger said that they will look into grants and other funding sources.

“All things are on the table as to how we have to look at it,” Neiswanger said. “Obviously an endeavor like this is not cheap, but for the long haul, it’s something you need to do and reinvest back in your county and make a good, safe environment for our inmates.”

Neiswanger said that we need to remember that the inmates are people who may be our own family.

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