Public can tour new Franklin County jail before goes into use

February 22, 2014 

— The public is invited to tour the newly expanded Franklin County jail before its put into operation and filled with inmates.

Tours of the new part of the jail in Pasco will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sheriff Richard Lathim said in a news release that it’s “an excellent opportunity” to see the inside of the facility. He added that there are no age restrictions, and it will be the only chance for the public to tour.

Once construction on the new part is wrapped up, the focus will turn to renovating the adjacent old jail. Completion is scheduled Sept. 4.

The $19.5 million project is being paid for by a 30-year, 0.3 percent public safety sales tax approved by city and county voters in 2011.

The county’s share is $16 million, and Pasco is paying $3.5 million for a new Pasco Municipal Court.

Lathim recognized that citizens supported taxing themselves to give law enforcement and the courts the necessary capacity to keep the community safe.

“This is your jail. Please come out and see your new jail,” he said.

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