The new Richmond City Jail proposed by the Jones administration just over 3 years ago is officially open.
Sheriff C.T. Woody said deputies finished moving the last of the 945 inmates to the 1,032-bed Richmond City Justice Center on Saturday.
The six-story, 430,000-square-foot, air-conditioned jail along Fairfield Way replaces one roughly half its size that was built in the 1960s. That facility, which lacked air-conditioning, had long suffered from significant maintenance issues and routinely held between 1,300 and 1,500 inmates even though it was constructed to accommodate 880.
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