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Kalamazoo County's Jail expansion about to be phased into service.

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The new jail addition as seen from the rear of the building.  Notice the windows, they provide an indirect view of the outside for prisoners, so they can maintain their sense of day and night.  They can see out, but you can't see in.
This old warehouse behind the jail will be demolished and replaced with a new facility for Community Corrections, Parole and Probation offices and a new visitor's center that will be connected by video systems to the four pods inside. Inmates will no longer have to be moved for visitors time.
The new jail addition as seen from the rear of the building. Notice the windows, they provide an indirect view of the outside for prisoners, so they can maintain their sense of day and night. They can see out, but you can't see in.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The New Kalamazoo County Jail addition is almost ready, and will be phased into operation over the next 6 months with the Laundry and the Kitchen the first units to be put into service next month.

The Medical facility and the jail reception area will come next.

Sheriff Richard Fuller says it will give them time to build a new facility to allow them to handle all visitations by video, and to conduct more court business by video as well directly from an inmate’s pod.

The long term plan is to permit inmates and relatives to Skype from home.He says the new addition should be in full use and completely operational by late summer.

 

 

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