OBERLIN, Louisiana — Allen Parish residents got a glimpse of life behind bars as the public got its first chance to see inside the new $8.5 million public safety complex on Louisiana Highway, just west of Oberlin.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the public had an opportunity to tour the new 38,000-square-foot facility Monday, which will soon house its first inmates, during an open house and ribbon cutting.
Sheriff Doug Hebert III said the project was funded by $3 million in revenue from a gambling compact with the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, $5.5 million from the State Bond Commission with additional funding sources.
The 200-bed facility will hold both male and female inmates.
It will replace the overcrowded and outdated 42-bed parish jail built in the 1950s.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com