The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and the one thousand inmates in its custody have outgrown the parish's 30-year-old correctional center downtown. But now, that problem is solved.
The sheriff's department hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to officially open its own public safety complex in Scott.
Captain Kip Judice says the downtown correctional center will remain a maximum security facility.
The public safety complex will house offenders who are minimum security risks and those are working jobs outside of jail.
“And the bottom line is that we have people here that are going to get out of jail and they're not coming back here so we need to do what we can while they're here to get them a job skill, get them a GED, get them some training and education so they can be productive citizens when they leave.” said Sheriff Mike Neustrom.
The $24 million project was five years in the making on property that spans 29 acres formerly known as Oak Grove.