Date: March 17, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
South County Jail Media Day & Grand Opening

The grand opening for the South County Jail will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. All media representatives are encouraged to attend a private tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. will be available for interviews during the day. Any special interview requests or other media arrangements can be made by contacting the Public Information Office at (863) 534-6377.

There will be an open house on Saturday, March 25, 2000 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the general public with tours given throughout the day.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners purchased the South County Jail from Corrections Corporation of America in December of 1999. Built to state and federal standards by the well-respected Centex Rooney construction firm, the 1008-bed complex is a highly secure, state-of-the-art detention facility. The South County Jail is a part of the Polk County Jail system that is managed and operated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The jail will receive county inmates and begin operation on April 1, 2000. This project represents a cooperative partnership between city and county officials, law enforcement, and the community to create an alliance of excellence with Public safety as the highest priority.

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