Dorchester County to borrow money to finish new jail

Dorchester County to borrow money to finish new jail

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County Council voted Monday night to borrow up to $4.5 million to finish constructing the new jail.

County Chief Financial Officer Justin Powell says the vote to borrow the funds was a formality.

Powell says last summer council voted to increase the budget to build the jail from $18 million to $23.5 million. He says the funds will be used solely for construction.

Powell says in the next few months another $1 million will be allocated for security cameras and other equipment for inside the jail.

The new jail on Hodge Road in Summerville will be 80,000 square feet in size, have 350 beds and house up to 500 inmates.

Construction is somewhat behind schedule because of weather, but officials believe the facility will be completed and ready to open in the summer of 2016.

The new jail will replace the current jail in St. George.

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