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Charleston Navy brig opens new housing unit, weight room

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NORTH CHARLESTON. S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Navy brig in South Carolina has officially opened a new housing unit, weight room and maintenance building.

Officials at the Navy Consolidated Brig near Charleston say the new housing unit opening Tuesday can accommodate an additional 80 prisoners, for a total of 480 beds.

The new 24,000 square foot housing unit will expand the brig's capacity by accommodating 80 additional prisoners.

The housing unit includes prisoner sleeping quarters, showers, toilets, and prisoner day rooms. It will bring the total number of housing units to five, making it a 480-bed facility and further expanding the military correctional mission. The brig serves as the Joint Regional Correctional Facility Southeast.

Officials broke ground on the $8 million project in April 2010. The original brig housed up to 400 prisoners, was built in 1989 at just over 300,000 square feet, and resides on the south side of Joint Base Charleston, Naval Weapon Station.

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