WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - Woodward County officials have broken
ground on a new jail that was approved last year by voters.
Officials say general contractor Joe D. Hall will oversee the
project, which is expected to cost about $10 million. About $13
million in bonds have been issued, with the extra $3 million
expected to pay for any cost overruns.
The existing facility had been plagued with overcrowding and
Public Facilities Authority Chairman Ted Craighead said
Wednesday that Sheriff Gary Stanley began planning for a new jail
in January 2009 and conducted public hearings.
Stanley credited state jail inspector Don Garrison, who he said
told him the jail was the second most dangerous in the state for
Stanley says the jail is expected to be completed in two years.