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Allen Parish residents get first chance to see inside new $8.5 million public safety complex


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It will replace the overcrowded and outdated 42-bed parish jail built in the 1950s.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

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