WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND DETENTION CENTER
In 1995, White County built a new 64-bed, 20,000 sq.ft. Detention Center. What county officials could not have envisioned was the substantial growth in incarceration throughout the North Georgia region, to the point where White County was spending $40-70,000 per month to house its prisoner overflow in other counties’ jails.
In 2009, the county decided to construct a new, 176-bed Detention Center with substantial expansion capabilities. This would be a 24-Bed Short-Term expansion, or up to 280 Beds to include a 2nd Housing Pod. GGA analyzed White County’s arrest and detention records to determine prisoner-classification patterns and designed a radial-podular layout with nine separate Housing Pods. Special Needs, Housing, Intake and Medical Cells are provided as well. This project was completed on time and under budget, with $90,103 in unused funds returned to the county. The new facility utilizes pre-engineered building technology, and is fully-equipped with low-maintenance, modular-steel cells, video arraignment/visitation systems and a comprehensive array of security electronics, which allow a minimum complement of staffing to operate the new facility.