The new Onslow County Justice Complex sits nearly empty after 2 years under construction. What's the hold up? To find out we had to sift through the numbers.
The new building will hold 528 prisoner beds. That will come in handy since Onslow County leases beds from Sampson County now at 50 bucks per prisoner, per night. So if Onslow County had one inmate housed outside the county for a 30 day sentence- that's a $1500 bill out of pocket.
Once the building is open, there will be enough beds for Onslow inmates and extra for to lease to other counties.
Looking at the time line, there was a target completion date set for July 1st of this year. The dedication happened in June. However, now halfway through October, County Manager Jeffrey Hudson says they are not setting an opening date. Hudson says it will happen when the building is ready. Engineers working with the city and state must first be sure the smoke control system functions in the jail.
With 17 contractors on hand and a total bill of nearly $57.7 million dollars- the biggest construction project in the county is still under construction. Hudson says there's a temporary certificate of occupancy for the administrative portion of the complex. That means legally the sheriff's department could move in, but the sheriff said last week his staff won't move in until it is safe for everyone that uses it.