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Murray Co. opens new jail

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A North Georgia county has opened a new jail, a much-needed, project the sheriff's department has been waiting for.          

It's new in a sense, in fact Murray County finished building the jail more than three years ago, but hard economic times meant they couldn't raise the funds to staff the amount of state required employees.

Finally Friday it was fully staffed and up and running. Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford gave Channel 3 a tour of their new state of the art jail Friday.

Tighter security including wall to wall video surveillance and unlike the old jail leaking ceilings and pipes are no longer an issue.

The new jail can hold up to 160 inmates, 40 more than the old jail which was at times over crowded.

"Sometimes we have 120 but sometimes we have 150, so we needed to be in this as far as space wise," said Gary Langford, Murray Co. Sheriff.

Sheriff Langford says right now they're only holding 80 inmates and he will reach out to other counties to let them know he has space if they don't have it.

The new jail was supposed to open on July 1, but setbacks pushed the opening back to Friday which just happens to be the 20 year anniversary of the ribbon cutting of the old jail.

As for the old jail, when the money adds up they plan on giving it a face lift.

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