Magazine article Corrections Forum

Clayton Corrections: Ready for the Year 2000 and Beyond

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Clayton Corrections: Ready for the Year 2000 and Beyond

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Clayton Corrections: Ready For The Year 2000 And Beyond

The official ground-breaking for a $119 million, state-of-theart corrections facility for Clayton County, Georgia, was held in October. The complex, which will be completed by the year 2000, was designed to alleviate overcrowding at both the present courthouse in Jonesboro, and the current detention facility in Lovejoy, Georgia. Both existing facilities will be renovated for governmental use by the year 2001, by the project team of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Architects, Inc., (HOK), Lee Design & Management and Turner Construction Company.

Due to the extensive population growth in Clayton County, a southern suburb of Atlanta, the county's justice system has undergone growing pains as well. The current detention center in Lovejoy, which was built in 1986, reached capacity within tow years, causing major concern for the county. The Citizens for a Safer Clayton County spearheaded the successful referendum of a one-percent special purpose local option sales tax to fund the new 726,855 square-foot facility. The new facility is expected to meet the county's present needs and adjust to population changes up to the year 2015 and beyond.

HOK architects and Lee Design & Management have implemented guidelines into the building process which will result in at least a 30 percent more energy efficiency than the current Lovejoy facility. the facility will also have modular components which will allow for more efficient expansion of the facility in case the need arises. …

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