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Effingham County breaks ground on new jail

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

It's been in the works for nearly a decade, and Tuesday there was a groundbreaking on the new Effingham County Jail.

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie says the old jail was literally falling apart with rust and damage.

The new jail will cost about 16 million dollars and hold almost twice the number of inmates.

Sheriff McDuffie says it will save the county money because right now they are paying other counties over $200,000 a year to house some of the Effingham inmates.

"It's a step in the right direction. We've been trying to work on this project for several years and it looks like it is finally happening. The voters approved SPLOST and the community supports this," Sheriff McDuffie said.

Commissioners were also at the grounbreaking.

"When I actually first got on the commission I wasn't sure that the need was as strong as it actually is. I came and toured the facility and was completely sold that we didn't have a choice. This had to be done," Commissioner Vera Jones said.

The new jail will take about two years to build and will be connected to the state prison.

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