Although the process of reopening the Lawrence County Jail is still in the works, the actual time frame remains unknown.
During a meeting with the Lawrence County Commission on Aug. 26, Sheriff Brad DeLay said commissioners voted to replace the jail's existing doors instead of repairing them.
"I believe this was the best decision," said DeLay. "This will not only take care of the cell doors but also replace several existing doors, that when the original jail was built, should never have been used."
Integrity Steel Works, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded the bid to replace the doors, which will cost $130,408.21. The company specializes in detention locks and equipment.
DeLay said the most time consuming part of the process is waiting on the needed equipment, which had to be ordered by the Colorado-based company.
Other necessary repairs and replacements are either in the works or already completed, DeLay said. The new fence around the jail's perimeter has been put up, painting is almost complete and electrical work is currently underway.
"Overall, things are moving as expected and no major hang-ups have occurred," said DeLay.
At present, when someone is arrested in Lawrence County they are taken to the booking area of the county jail and processed.
"They are given the chance to bond, and if they cannot, they are transferred to a nearby facility until court comes around or they get the means to bond out," said DeLay.