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$27 million expansion at Kent County Jail almost complete

3:52 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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Kent County Jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Several renovations at the Kent County Jail are almost done and ready to be put to use.  Friday morning, the media got to take a tour of the new facilities.

They include a new area for the public to visit loved ones in jail through video monitors. The inmates stay in specified areas where they eat, exercise, get medical care, and visit with those loved ones through "video visitation".

The system is called direct supervision. Undersheriff Jon Hess says, "Everything is done in the pod. We don't have to move inmates back and forth, which is just safer for everyone."

The KCSD also purchased a body scanner, which is more invasive than airport scanners. It replaces the old fashioned "strip search" and gives officers a complete look at someone underneath their clothes.

Inmates will be transferred to the new areas after the new year.

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