Adams County Jail almost open for business

ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – After almost a year and a half of construction, the Adams County Law Enforcement Facility is almost open for business.

Construction on the 57,000 square foot facility at 911 West Peacekeepers Way started in the summer of 2015 to help solve inmate overcrowding issues in the jail within the Adams County Law Enforcement Center. The old jail was only able to hold 60 inmates at a time.

The new facility, which includes the jail, sheriff’s office and 911 operations, will hold 189 inmates.

The county purchased 169 acres for $1.2 million to build the facility, which itself sits on 14 acres, according to a press release from Adams County Sheriff.

Move-in to the new facility is set to begin later this month, and the goal is to be completely functional by mid-February.

The press release indicated the original budget for the facility was $22.8 million, but the project is now $3.5 million under budget, costing $19.2 million.

The public is welcome to view the new jail at an open house from 8 a.m to noon on Saturday. All visitors will be required to pass through the metal detector, and weapons, phones and cameras are prohibited.