MARIETTA, Okla. (KXII) - The Love County Jail is a few weeks away to complete their transition to their new 21,000 square foot facility, the Love County Justice Center.
The new Love County Justice Center opened it's doors for public tours on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.
"Night and day is the difference,” said Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham.
Sheriff Grisham said the project took at least two years to complete and people got to see the $9 million building for the first time Saturday.
"Over the last year we've seen constructions here. It had some difficulties in the beginning, but all that's in the past now,” said Tony Lalli, justice center visitor.
Construction of the justice center was completed in November.
"Christmas came early for us. We had an open house and ribbon cutting in Marietta,” said Sheriff Grisham.
The Love County Justice Center has four pods that hold men and women, and the new jail can hold around 100 inmates. That's 70 more people than the previous jail that was 5,000 square feet.
"Just comparing the old one with this one, this was as I expected and probably much better," said Lalli.
Sheriff Grisham said the former Love County jail opened nearly three decades ago.
"The people saw a need for the facility to be here, so I thank the people of Love County and the citizens of love county.” said Sheriff Grisham.
Sheriff Grisham said the older jail will continue to house inmates until the new one is completed.
The Love County Justice Center is set to be up and running by Wednesday January 2nd, 2020.