The Benton County jail was opened for employee training and orientation in January 1999. Inmates began being housed in the jail in April of 1999. The goal of the Benton County jail is to create a safe, secure and humane environment for both staff members and inmates.

The jail is a 100,355 square foot facility with an inmate capacity of 669. The administrative office area of the facility is 16,938 square feet. The total cost of the facility including the acquisition of the land was $16.8 million. A half-cent county jail tax paid for the project.

Former Sheriff Andy Lee, architects and jail consultants toured eight jails in Colorado and Wyoming. A combination of the best attributes of each jail was used in determining the layout of the Benton County jail. The result is a non-linear, direct/indirect supervised facility. There are pods for maximum security, minimum security, a dormitory housing unit and barracks for work release inmates.

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