Possible expansion coming to Houston Co. Jail after commission awards renovation project

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Commission on Tuesday awarded the jail renovation project and discussed the possibility of expanding it.

The renovation of the Houston County Jail is a more than $1.2 million project that includes automated locks, updated cameras, and a brand-new alarm system.

It will be receiving a grant from ADECA worth over a million dollars and while the grant covers a huge portion of the costs, the county will have to spend over $200,000 to cover the remaining balance.

Commission Chairman Brandon Shoupe says that the jail was in serious need of these upgrades and the commission is even throwing around the idea of possibly expanding the jail soon.

“We’ve known for a while that we need to prioritize the jail a little bit better than we have in the past,” Shoupe said. “Anyway we are going to do the jail locks, we have an expansion in the next four to five years, we will see how that process plays out, but the commission is fully prepared to commit funds in the next budget.”

A company out of Montgomery was awarded the renovation project and it should take between 4-6 months to complete.

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