Officials Continue Work On New Harlan County Jail

Harlan County officials say they'll have to correct several problems with the new county jail before dozens of inmates can move over from the old county jail.

They say they had hoped to move them in by the beginning of this month, but it looks like it will still be at least a couple of weeks before the jail can take inmates. County officials say the jail's windows had to be replaced, the jail failed a smoke alarm test, and the jail's central control room is having some glitches.

"It's not anything we require, it's the Department of Corrections. They require all these standards to be up to par before they let inmates in the facility," said Harlan County District Two Magistrate Chad Brock.

The Harlan County judge executive says the new jail can house dozens of more inmates than the old jail. They say it will employ 130 more people and will ultimately save Harlan County money.

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