The Charleston County Detention Center is now the largest jail in the state. Officials cut the ribbon on the $100 million expansion Wednesday. The expansion will allow the jail to house an additional 1,300 inmates and help relieve some of the problems of overcrowding in the jail.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says the expansion has been long overdue. Cannon says the new design takes away individual cells.
“The design uses direct supervision of inmates, which means you put detention officers in the housing units with the inmates. There’s greater control in that environment. Obviously, it requires a detention officer that has a tremendous amount of skills and interacting with people,” says Cannon.
The jail is centered in North Charleston, one of the highest crime-ranked cities in the state. Cannon says the new expansion will bring the total number of beds to about 2,200.