OLYMPIA - Thurston County's new work release facility is substantially completed; a major step in the overall readiness of the new jail facilities in the Mottman Industrial Park. The 7,700 square foot building will house the county's "Correctional Options" program which includes Work Release, Electronic Home Monitoring, Day Reporting, Day Jail and Community Betterment programs designed to give offenders incarceration options and to free up jail space.-30-
The work release facility was created by remodeling existing office/warehouse space adjacent to the new Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) located at 3491 Ferguson Street SW in Tumwater. Work Release facilities are designed to accommodate 78 male inmates and 18 female inmates in separate wings.
Lt. Shawn Ball of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division says the new work release space is much better than the dilapidated old facility at the county courthouse. "The old facility is a modular building that was never intended to hold so many inmates for so many years. The new Work Release building was designed to meet national correctional standards for the low risk inmates who will be held there. In addition, we have better amenities at the new facility including outside exercise areas for both men and women and program space to be able to offer substance abuse resistance classes and more."
The contractor's bid for the remodeling project was just over $2-million. ($2,030,000) and it appears the final cost will come in under budget.
Meanwhile, corrections staff is training at the ARC. Such training allows employees to become familiar with the new space, to become accustomed to the new infrastructure such as communications and electronics and to adjust to new policies and procedures. The completion of the Work Release facility and the training of personnel are more steps toward the opening of the ARC, later this year.