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Hancock County Jail Gets a Makeover

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The Hancock County jail has gotten a facelift, not just for appearance purposes, but so that everyone will be able to work more efficiently.

The planning process began when Sheriff Mike White first took his position. That's when they submitted a plan to remodel the unused jail space.

"I think it's exciting because number one, my term is short in office, but we are leaving something for the county employees here with the sheriff's office to better place to work and a better environment to better represent the public but to take the public in and do the job that we are here to do for them," says Sheriff White.

The first phase began seven years ago when they transformed the jail space into six cells that are more modern and confined and easier to keep clean, as well as an attorney visiting room, a processing room, two offices and a squad room.

The second phase was to install offices for detectives, a conference room, secretary office, and a records room.

This renovation has given all the officers more space to work in a more efficient manner.

"This is the first time in almost 20 years that I've been here that the deputies have actually had space to work as far as not stuck in a small area," says Chief Deputy Todd Murray.

They also connected an office on the corner of the building to make it more accessible and added more entrances and exits.

"We were kind of piled in on top of each other before we didn't have places if we had a major crime we came in and asked people to leave their offices so we could sit people down and interview them and separate witnesses, so we had people scattered around the few offices that we had before," says Sheriff White.

The project will be wrapped up this week by installing cameras, telephones and moving in furniture.