LPSO public safety complex near complete - KLFY News 10

LPSO public safety complex near complete

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A new public safety complex is near completion. The multi-million dollar project is part of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. It's a huge step for the Department of Corrections.

Two-and-a-half years in the making, the $24 million complex off Willow Street sprawls 29 acres and nearly 200,000 square feet. It will serve the Sheriff's Office in more ways than one.

"We have secure housing which will have 216 beds, all direct supervision. And then visitation, a training area and it's also there video visiting will be accomplished," said Rob Reardon, Director of Corrections.

Reardon played a major role in the complex's unique design after visiting nearly 100 jails throughout the country. This facility is flooded with natural light, open spaces, and even has motion censored lighting, toilets, and sinks. As an added bonus, there's plenty of room to grow should the demand for space increase over the years.

Reardon says while the city's jail is operating at full capacity, Sheriff Mike Neustrom was looking towards the future.

"He wanted this site to be flexible and durable and so each of these buildings has the capacity to be added onto for the next 50 years," said Reardon.

And what's typically low-ceilings and small spaces, Reardon says the open, fresh design will be a win-win for employees as well.

"The staff are the one's we're really concerned about because they're the ones we're trying to retain for 30 years and they're ultimately doing a life sentence here," said Reardon.

The Public Safety Complex is expected to hold its ribbon cutting on March 26th.

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