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SPECIAL FOCUS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand As counties have worked in partnership with their sheriff to design and build new jail and law enforcement centers in recent years, two important trends are evident. First, the use of technology for security and monitoring is allowing counties to better manage jail facilities. In addition, many counties have designed their facilities to accommodate future expansion. The following information profiles several new jails and law enforcement centers built since 2007. State-of-the-art technology allows staff at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center in Augusta- Richmond County to monitor and control the facility. Photo provided by Augusta-Richmond County Government. Augusta-Richmond County Local Leaders: Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Sheriff Richard Roundtree Completed: 2011 Capacity: 1,050 beds Construction Cost: $41.3 million Funded by: SPLOST Design Firm / Contractor: KSGW Architects / McKnight Construction Originally designed as an overflow “satellite” facility for the Richmond County Jail tower, the Charles B. Webster Detention Center campus has become the premier adult pretrial detention center for all Richmond County inmates. Since its original construction in 1997, the addition of new housing pods and a video visitation center has allowed for the planned closing of the downtown jail. Once the new inmate processing center is complete (December 2013), the remaining portion of the Richmond County Jail in downtown Augusta will be closed in its entirety. Baldwin County Local Leaders: Chairman Sammy Hall and Sheriff William C. Masse Completed: 2009 Capacity: 326 beds Construction Cost: $13.1 million Funded by: SPLOST Design Firm / Contractor: IPG, Inc. / Dublin Construction The Baldwin County Jail is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating the latest technologies available to the care and custody environment. The design of the facility permits indirect supervision, requiring less staff, and consequently, allowing more services such as on-site courtroom hearings and comprehensive medical care. The Baldwin County Jail was completed in 2009 and has the capacity of 326 beds Photo provided by Baldwin County Government. 50 GEORGIA GEORGIA COUNTY GOVER E GOVERNMENT OVER ERNMENT N

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities
Oglethorpe County: Focusing on the Benefi ts of Protecting Rural Roots
Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years
Where Do We Stand? One Year after Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform
Understanding the Impacts of Juvenile Justice Reform
New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand
2013 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Hospital Survival: Informed County Commissioners Can Preserve Local Health Care
Federal New: More Gridlock and Uncertainty May Be Expected in Washington for FY 2014
Slice by Slice: Students Learn About the Signifi cance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners
Partner News: Value at the Heart of the Unique Gas South-ACCG Partnership
Commercial Swimming Pool Renovations Do’s and Don’ts
Counties & The Law: The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Georgia Counties
Legal News: Bidding in Georgia: What to Do When the Lowest
Conference Preview: Legislative Leadership
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2013