The Benton County jail, operational since April 1999, was designed after touring eight jails in Colorado and Wyoming. Former Sheriff Andy Lee, architects, and consultants incorporated the best features from each to create a 100,355 square foot facility with a capacity for 669 inmates. The goal is to maintain a safe, secure, and humane environment for both staff and inmates, with a total cost of $16.8 million funded by a half-cent county jail tax. The layout includes pods for maximum and minimum security, a dormitory housing unit, and barracks for work release inmates in a non-linear, direct/indirect supervised design.

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