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Jefferson Parish residents hear plans on new jail

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JENNINGS, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish residents received their first glimpse at plans for a new $10 million parish jail and a proposed sales tax to fund its maintenance.

Jail Committee Chairman Ronnie Petree and Sheriff Ivy Woods presented the case to build a new jail and a proposed half-cent sales tax for its maintenance and operations during a public meeting Monday night attended by more than 50 residents.

Petree said the current facility, built in 1964, is undersized, outdated, always files to capacity and in need of replacement.

Plans for the new jail call for a 200-bed facility with room for 160 men, 20 women and 20 isolated cells.

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