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					The Lubbock County
Detention Center
A publication of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office
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                                   Work On The Site Continues
                                                                                                                                                                      Trivia Facts:
                                                                                                                                                                      •   Each cell module is
                                                                                                                                                                          composed of 47 tons
                                                                                                                                                                          of steel and concrete

                                                                                                                                                                      •   There are approxi-
                                                                                                                                                                          mately 1,760 doors in
                                                                                                                                                                          the new facility.

                                                                                                                                                                      •   The processing area
                                                                                                                                                                          in our new facility is
                                                                                                                                                                          approximately the
                                                                                                                                                                          same size as the 1st
                                                                                                                                                                          floor confinement
                                                                                                                                                                          area of the existing

                                                                                                                                                                      Inside this issue:

Aerial view of site looking Northwest as of December 23, 2006.                                                                             Photo by Dwayne Paschall   WORK ON THE SITE

                                                                                                                                                                      TRAINING NEWS
Construction on the new                                                                            This level includes the ad-     The project has grown in
Detention Center has been                                                                          ministration offices, brief-    scope since it first began         TRANSITION TEAM
ongoing for over 16                                                                                ing room, staff locker          with the addition of a sixth       UPDATE
months now and much has                                                                            rooms, workout room,            housing cluster. The addi-
changed since ground-                                                                              public lobby, and public        tional cluster added 180
breaking. The building is                                                                          visitation rooms.               beds bringing the overall
over 50% complete and is                                                                                                           total to 1512. The current
on schedule to be finished                                                                         Cluster one will be the first   size of the facility will
in 2008. There are an aver-                                                                        housing area to be com-         meet all of our immediate
age of 200 workers on site                                                                         pleted. The walls are up on     housing needs and can be
daily. There is still a con-                                                                       this cluster and the roof       expanded to meet the fu-
siderable amount of work                                                                           will be in place soon. Once     ture needs of our commu-
to be done, but the build-                                                                         this housing area is en-        nity.
ing is rapidly taking form.                                                                        closed, it may be used for
                                                                                                   different types of training     Look for more information
The administration level is                                                                        before the rest of the build-   on construction progress in
nearing 80% completion.                                                                            ing is complete.                the next issue.


                         Training Information                                                      Technology
The first round of direct      involved with the Detention       use of civilian clerks.             Corner
supervision training is        Center will understand their      Hiring of the clerks has
complete and it was ex-        particular part of the facility   begun and many of            The new Detention Center
tremely successful. All        and the policies and proce-       them will have been in       will utilize many state of the
those involved gained          dures involved in their area.     the job several months       art technologies. These tech-
valuable information on                                          before the new facility      nologies will be included to
how to run a direct super-     Training will be ongoing          opens. This will make it     streamline the operations of
vision housing unit. The       and classes on Inter-             much easier to train         the Detention Center. One of
next round of direct super-    personal Communication            new clerks when we           the biggest changes we will
vision training will begin     skills will be available.         transition to the Deten-     experience is the video visi-
later this year.               Training will also take           tion Center.                 tation system. This system
                               place at other direct super-                                   will allow visits between the
There is still a consider-     vision facilities throughout      We will be working           public and inmates to be
able amount of training to     the state.                        with other agencies to       conducted without the need
be done. When training is                                        train their personnel on     for the inmate to leave their
completed all individuals      The new facility will make        the new facility.            housing pod. By using high
                                                                                              speed digital video equip-
                                                                                              ment and individual handsets
              The Office of Transition Planning                                               the inmate and their visitor
The Transition Team is         Work continues on the pro-                                     will be able to visit with a
                                                                 Feel free to stop by the
                                                                                              minimum of distraction from
aggressively pursuing all      jected operating budget as        Office of Transition
challenges the project pre-    well as policies and proce-                                    other visitors or surrounding
                                                                 Planning, Suite 203 in
sents. We have come up         dures. We are working on                                       activities. This will make
                                                                 the Bank of America          visitation easier and more
with a numbering system        such items as the booking         building to see what’s
for all the doors and rooms    manual, emergency proce-                                       efficient for the staff, the
                                                                 going on and provide         public, and the inmates.
within the facility. This      dures, inmate orientation,        input or call us at 775-
numbering system will          and inmate discipline.            1449.
make it easy to navigate                                                                      Video visitation is just one
this very large facility.      We perform site inspections       Your input and ques-         of many technologies that
Drafts of the projected        and follow up on construc-        tions are always wel-        will set this facility apart
staffing and jail plans have   tion issues to ensure quality     come and desired.            from others like it.
been completed.                work continues on a daily

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        Artist rendering of the inside of a housing pod.                           transition_planning.htm


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