A new jail complex that is two years in the making and has suffered through multiple delays is a major step closer towards opening.
Onslow County officials say final inspections were completed at the new Onslow County Justice Complex on Monday. The City of Jacksonville granted a permanent certificate of occupancy. "The process of construction has been extremely difficult but in the end we know that all systems are operational and are completely safe for the employees, visitors, and for the inmates that will be incarcerated here," said Jeff Hudson, Onslow County Manager.
The next step is the jail certification from the State of North Carolina. According to a press release from Onslow County, "No problems are anticipated in this regard." After that certification is received, the county will request the Onslow County Sheriff's Office will begin transitioning inmates to the new facility.
The new building will hold 528 prisoner beds. Officials say that number of beds will allow the county to charge other counties to house their prisoners. Currently, Onslow County has been paying Sampson County to house some of their prisoners, for $50 per inmate, per night.
A press conference about the new jail is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.