LPSO new facility almost ready for inmates - KLFY News 10

LPSO new facility almost ready for inmates

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The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is just a month away from moving inmates into the new public safety complex and becoming fully functional.

The facility sits on almost twenty-nine acres of land alongside West Willow Street and has the capacity to expand one day in each building.

"This will give us some space, some flexibility to move inmates that are downtown here. Certain types of inmates are allowed to come here," said Mike Neustrom, Lafayette Parish Sheriff.

The inmates he was referring to are minimum security and transitional work program inmates. The complex has five different buildings and almost 246 beds for inmates. An interesting fact about the beds? They were made at Angola. The new facility was in high demand due to the current over-crowding at the downtown jail.

"Two things are critical, give us more room to move inmates from downtown as well as a training component," said Sheriff Neustrom. The Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Program has been around for a number of years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but recently the sheriff's office took over operations.

"Right now we do mainly a basic training for all of the regional police agencies and we also do in service programs for our employees," said Sheriff Neustrom. Sheriff Neustrom isn't just looking at this year's project, but where they could be in the future.

"We're looking at down the road in the future. We want to meet the needs of Lafayette Parish in a public safety sense. That's kind of the good things that we're doing," said Sheriff Neustrom.

Construction took less than two years. The complex consists of video visitation, automatic showers and toilets, cement floors, and cinder block walls. With inmate labor and careful planning, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office was able to stay at a budget goal of about $24 million.

"We spent a lot of time in developing the plans and the thought process behind this complex too and that's really kind of paid off," said Rob Reardon, Director of Corrections. The addition of this new facility to Acadiana will also expand employment opportunities.

"This will be potentially creating more jobs and the staffing is somewhere around 40, said Reardon. A job fair will be held on April 5th at the public safety complex. Reardon said they hope to meet the expectations of the public.

The Sheriff's Office is inviting the public to a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning at 10:00. The public is also invited to tour the facility at an open house Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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