Detention Facility Expansion Enters Second Phase

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It has been nearly a year since The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office began drafting concepts to expand the current detention facility.

After this morning’s commissioner meeting, architects can start the process of turning an idea into a ready project.

When The Mesa County Detention Facility was built over 25 years ago it was designed to house under 400 people.

However, it now holds over 600, but this morning everyone involved with the detention facility got the news that their plan will continue moving forward.

Expansion wont just be the 160 beds being added, there will be a medical observation unit added to the county’s detention facility.

“This will allow us to move people out of booking into that medical obsertvation unit so that we can provide care on site, right there,” Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis says.

The new medical unit will help prevent suicide and air-borne illness, provide drug detox cells, accomadate inmates with high medical needs and transition those in mental crisis back into the general population.

The DLR Group and The Blythe Group will be involved in the blueprint process.

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