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Architect to be hired for replacement for outdated, overcrowded Lafourche Parish jail

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THIBODAUX, Louisiana — Officials say a replacement for the outdated, overcrowded Lafourche jail is moving forward with an architect expected to be hired early next year.

On May 3, voters approved a 0.2 percent sales tax to replace the current facility, which was built in 1976.

Sheriff's spokesman Brennan Matherne tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1xI60NY ) the 600-bed, $30 million jail is expected to open in two to three years.

He said an estimate from a construction firm showed the cost would be about the same to renovate the current facility and the Sheriff's Office would also have to relocate inmates during the process.

Sheriff Craig Webre said his office has already identified a few potential locations. He said factors include the size of the property, elevation and proximity to the courts.


Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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