• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Public tours of new Justice Center scheduled for Friday and Saturday

Updated: Aug 2

Tours of the new Justice Center will include the jail area. This cell block accommodates more than two dozen prisoners. (Photos: Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

MOUND CITY – This Friday and Saturday the public will be able to get a glimpse inside the completed Linn County Justice Center. The guided tours will take place every couple of hours on both days, and visitors will see the courtrooms, the sheriff's office and the jail facilities.

Tours will be at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

On Saturday, July 16, tours will begin at 8 a.m., 10 p.m. and noon.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend has said he is anxious to begin moving prisoners into the new facility as soon as possible. The current jail has been at capacity for the last few weeks.

The jail's control center gives operators full control of the inmates' existence, including how much water they can use.

He said he wanted for the public to be able to tour the facility before the transfer of prisoners begin. Friend also said that his office will not announce when prisoners will be moved for security reasons.

County officials are hoping that the facility will get the certificate of occupancy from the State Office of the Fire Marshal soon. The certificate will not be required for the county to host the tours, but it will be needed before departments move into the building.

On the tour, visitors will get a chance to see what a high-tech detention facility looks like and how technology will make a difference in how the jail operates.

Also on display will be two courtrooms with jury boxes wired with computer screens and church pew type seating.

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