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Cumberland expanding county jail

Posted September 14, 2012

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— Cumberland County officials broke ground Friday for an expansion of the Cumberland County Detention Center.

The $14.9 million project will add 316 beds to the jail, which faces overcrowding issues. The jail was built for 568 inmates but regularly holds more than 640.

The expansion is expected to be completed by October 2013.

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  • kermit60 Sep 17, 2012

    Wow, that's over 47 thousand per bed. How could it possibly cost that much? For the price of 3 beds you could build a nice house. How about some cots and tents?

  • piene2 Sep 17, 2012

    Considering that at least half of the people who are incarcerated have done little or nothing to deserve being there, the better solution would be to simply turn them loose and save all that money.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 14, 2012

    I also notice someone is going to make a killing off this. That's one pretty high price tag for no more bed than that.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 14, 2012

    LOL, and it still won't be big enough.

  • cwbauer55 Sep 14, 2012

    SO WHAT U R SAYING IS WE THE PEOPLE WILL PAY AROUND $47000 A BED FOR A CONVICT TO SLEEP IN EAT GET TV READ HAVE AC AND HEAT AND OUR SENIOR CITIZENS ON SSI CANT AFFORD THERE RENT ,MEDS,FOOD,HEAT OR AC WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE.

  • 416wfe_3 Sep 14, 2012

    I agree with lopo. They should put them in the fields, picking up trash on the side of the road, and working instead of allowing them to have heat, air condition, hot meals, tv, and other amenities. It is sad when inmates live better than most people are right now in the US.

  • Relic Sep 14, 2012

    As soon as it expands Cumberland Sheriff's Office and Fayetteville PD will make enough arrests to crowd it again. The solution lies with the court system. Speed up the process to have cases tried. 90% of the inmates in the County Jail are there awaiting a trial rather than serving time since most of that is done in a DOC facility.

  • yoowho Sep 14, 2012

    15 million for 316 more spaces? Yep tents with no AC is sounding good.

  • lopo Sep 14, 2012

    If they want to save money why don't they do like the sheriff in Arizona, put them in GP mediums (large tent), no A/C, pink pajamas, only TV is the learning channel and work all day. Meals consists of a bologna sandwich. Don't like it, don't do anything that will get you there.

  • tar97heel Sep 14, 2012

    Glad to see the prison lobby is still managing to pad their pockets with opportunities for new contracts