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Chatham County Jail expansion to be complete in 2013

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

1,800 inmates are being housed in the Chatham County Jail. That jail is only supposed to hold a little over 1,200.

The jail began a $100 million expansion project in March. Sheriff Al St. Lawrence said he is doing his best to shuffle inmates around in the jail and temporary structures but the construction that he sees outside makes him hopeful about the end result.

"They are going to bring in a 600 ton crane, which takes 23 tractors and trailers to bring in, to lay those three cast cells.  It takes three weeks to assemble it. It's just going to be a beehive of activity, running ahead of schedule and we're very pleased," said St. Lawrence.

The new jail should be finished in 2013.

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