Prince William County jail officials are asking county leaders to begin budgeting for the inevitable expansion of the regional jail and its growing inmate population.
Sheriff Glendell Hill (R) and Jail Superintendent Col. Peter Meletis told the Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday that they hope a new $60 million facility is put in place within the next seven years.
In 2008, county officials unveiled a state-of-the-art $53 million, 200-bed facility that adjoins the older, “modular” part of the jail, constructed in 1990. Extensive repairs are being done to the older part of the jail, and officials say that the temporary “modular” solution — it was supposed to be replaced in five years — is far past its prime.
“We have extended it out the last 20 years … we keep putting Band-Aids on it,” Hill said in an interview.
The county was sued by an inmate in 1988 because of overcrowding conditions, and officials built the “modular” jail in response. Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) said in an interview that it’s important the county plan for the jail’s next expansion.