Understanding the need for a new jail facility is no small undertaking. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Fulton County Commissioners recognized that the facility built in 1985 was quickly deteriorating. It was not meeting the necessary codes to meet current ACA and Indiana jail standards, nor was it properly housing all of Fulton County’s inmates.
Through the formation of a Jail committee by Fulton County officials, the Elevatus team was engaged to help design a solution for the lack of space. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department toured many facilities in Indiana and kept coming back to one of our recently completed projects, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. During the County Commissioner’s (the county authority responsible for providing a county jail) visit, if we could design a similar facility to meet the needs of Fulton County, this building would meet and exceed all their requirements and desires. Working with a few design modification meetings, the 49,910 SF facility has a 230-bed count. The facility contains a 230-bed count with 198 beds in its housing pod, 12 beds for inmate workers, and intake & holding containing 20 beds.
It continues to host several needs like:
- Full-Service Kitchen and Laundry
- CSI Lab
- Detectives Offices
- Squad Room
- 911 Dispatch
- Multi-purpose Room
In addition to all spaces typically hosted inside jail facilities, the county elected to add a forensic center and morgue connected to the new jail. This 2,000 SF space incorporates a garage/dock, conference space, cooler, and procedure room. It also includes a private entrance for the next of kin to identify or release the deceased.