Loudon Jail Study Nearly Complete

Initial work to reduce overcrowding at the Loudon County Justice Center is nearly complete, the  News Herald. Moseley Architects says it is finishing a feasibility study evaluating jail needs. The jail has seen an average inmate population growth of 10.2 percent since 2010, which is "slightly higher" than residential population growth. As part of its initial report to Loudon County Sheriff's Office, Moseley recommended 85,756 square feet of jail space for about 280 inmate beds to meet immediate needs, and expansion capacity for up to 400 beds. The report said that an additional 21,294 square feet of space would be required for other offices, including court services, patrol, records and criminal investigations.