SAN ANGELO, TX – The new Tom Green County Jail is scheduled to open Tuesday and officials expect to move all inmates from the old jail to the new jail in one day.
Tom Green County Commissioners Tuesday will acknowledge the receipt of the Certificate of Occupancy for the new detention facility issued by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
The certificate was issued following an inspection last week.
The new jail has been a long project and will mark the end of an era for the Tom Green County Jail. The jail has been remodeled at least twice in its history at its current location on the corner of Harris Ave. and Irving St. across the street from the Courthouse.
County officials say the expect to transfer the 400-plus inmates in 12 to 14 hours Tuesday.
Commissioners selected the location for the new facility on U.S. 67 N planning on using both part of the existing jail downtown and the new jail but the TCJS requirements of two complete and separate jail staffs was not cost effective so the court voted to expand construction of the new jail to house 556 beds.
The downtown facility may be remodeled into office space but that decision hasn't been finalized.
The cost of the new Tom Green County Jail eventually rose to about $70.6 million.