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Preparing For The Move

By Harold Bearden
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 10:08 PM


As Judge Mike Newell presided over civil court in the new Winston County Judicial Building Wednesday, preparation for occupancy of the jail facility underneath the courtroom continued. The jail has met the requirements of the Alabama State Fire Marshall, but is still unoccupied because of the items which have to be in place before the first prisoner is moved in. New bed mattresses, as seen above with Sheriff Rick Harris, food in the kitchen pantry and many other necessary details are being addressed in advance of moving day. Sheriff Rick Harris stated that the actual moving day has not been set. 



Sabrina Melvin, Winston County Corrections Officer, demonstates the old jail cell locking system and the new jail remote locking system.

According to Sheriff Harris, Winston county has the second oldest jail in the U.S. (historic Houston jail), the oldest operational jail in Alabama and soon the newest jail in Alabama.  

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