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‘Seamless project’ goes on-line as satellite jail opens in Boydton

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Brunswick Sheriff Brian Roberts is joined by board members of the Meherrin River Regional Jail Authority as cuts the ribbon at the opening of the satellite jail facility in Boydton. Shown from left to right are Dinwiddie County Supervisor Bill Chavis, Dinwiddie County Sheriff Duck Adams, Mecklenburg County Administrator Wayne Carter, Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins, Brunswick County Administrator Charlette Woolridge, Mecklenburg Supervisor County Dan Tanner, Brunswick County Supervisor Bernard Jones, Sr., and Meherrin River Regional Jail Superintendent Crystal Willett.
SoVaNow.com / January 23, 2013
“A seamless project that was on budget and on time” is how Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts described the construction of the new regional jail authority satellite facility in Boydton. Roberts, prison superintendent Crystal Willett and members of the Meherrin River Regional Jail Authority were on hand Thursday in Boydton for the dedication of the newly completed facility.

The Meherrin River Satellite Jail takes up 41,000 square feet on 15 acres of land on Prison Road, outside of Boydton. “It is the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle,” said Roberts, and will primarily house work-release prisoners and those awaiting pre-trial hearings.

Roberts thanked English Construction, the general contractor for the project and said, “You did a magnificent job.” He also commended them for using many local subcontractors.

The facility is designed to house up to 50 prisoners and will have a staff of 40.

Before the regional jail in Alberta and satellite facilities were built, Mecklenburg County was spending approximately $77.08 to house each prisoner. Brunswick was spending $54.83 and Dinwiddie County was spending $72.25. Now, Roberts said, the three counties each spend only $36.21 per inmate.

Additionally, the Meherrin Regional Jail Authority, which includes Brunswick, Dinwiddie and Mecklenburg counties, created 120 new jobs by building the two jails, and projects a combined savings of $3 million since the three counties no longer pay rent to house overflow prisoners.

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