Jail Expansion Nearing Completion
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County’s expanded jail is on pace to be complete in a little more than a month.
The new $11.5 million wing of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center is expected to be ready for inmates on August 1, says Sheriff Mike Kreinhop. Dirt at the construction site first began moving in June of 2013.
Before inmates move in, the expansion to the jail in Lawrenceburg will have to pass inspection by the state jail inspector and other inspectors such as the State Board of Health on August 8.
“If all goes well I would guess that occupancy would be sometime in mid-August, although it is difficult to determine an exact date at this time,” Kreinhop says.
Once the jail’s inmates move into the new wing, crews will begin refurbishing the old jail space. Some portions of the older jail wing have gone several years without so much as a coat of fresh paint, says Kreinhop.
The entire project is still expected to be completed sometime in November.
The jail expansion is nearly doubling the number of beds at the jail to 424. The sheriff says that with Indiana’s criminal code reform set to start July 1, Dearborn County is in much better position than other counties to handle the expected increase in locally-housed or monitored offenders.
Kreinhop said extra beds could be used to house offenders from other counties or federal inmates – which would be paid for – helping Dearborn County recoup costs associated with the expanded jail.