Groundbreaking Set Today on Jail Expansion

Groundbreaking Set Today on Jail Expansion

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Groundbreaking ceremonies today will mark the start of a much-anticipated expansion project intended to end overcrowding at the Davis County Jail.

The new jail is to open in October 2006.

Since 2000, the jail has been filled beyond capacity. It was built to house 192 inmates, but as the county's population grew, so did the inmate population.

The county began double- and triple-bunking prisoners, raising the total number of beds to 376.

A minimum-security work center was constructed adjacent to the jail to relieve some crowding in 2000. But many of the center's 120 beds are often empty because they can be filled only by inmates sentenced to a minimum-security facility.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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