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PIO Number: 04-2-12


Sheriff’s North Jail
Friday, February 6, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.
2421 NW 16th Street, Pompano Beach, FL

Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne officially unveils the county’s newest detention facility at an invitation only grand opening ceremony on Friday morning, February 6th. Guests will be given tours of the Sheriff’s North Jail, there will be a demonstration by BSO’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), and refreshments –prepared by the jail’s food service provider- will be served.

When he assumed office in 1998, Sheriff Jenne saw the future need for additional jail space and, with help from the county, began planning for the new jail. Ground was broken in March 1999 and about a year later construction began on the new $35.6 million facility. The Sheriff’s North Jail is modeled after BSO’s Joseph V. Conte Facility, a ‘”direct supervision” jail where staff work more closely with inmates and inmate movement is kept to a minimum. The result is greater security and lower operational costs.

Designed to house 1,020 inmates in two four-story towers, the new medium / maximum security jail is 257,790 square feet; most of that space is dedicated to housing inmates. Initial plans call for male and female inmates to be split nearly evenly between the towers. More than 200 BSO deputies will monitor the inmates with support from nearly three-dozen non-sworn personnel. Detainees from other BSO jails should begin transferring into the new facility later this month.

Medical facilities at the Sheriff’s North Jail are designed with the health and well being of the inmates in mind. There is a full-service clinic on site and OB-GYN care is provided for female inmates. Any prisoner in her third trimester –or any inmate needing around-the-clock care- will be transferred to an appropriate medical facility. As with the four other jails operated by the Broward Sheriff's Office, the new facility will offer a number of beneficial programs to detainees. Among them, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Job Skills, and Effective Parenting.

Every year, nearly 77,000 people are booked into BSO’s jails. A recent report from Florida State University indicates that Broward County’s inmate population will swell in coming years, suggesting that the Sheriff’s North Jail will likely be quickly filled.

The Broward Sheriff's Office operates the 10th largest local jail system in the United States. The American Correctional Association (ACA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) have all accredited BSO’s Department of Detention and Community Control (DODCC).

For more information on the Broward Sheriff's Office jails, click here.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

Posted At: 02/05/2004 03:48 PM

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