Upgrades to Lewis and Clark County detention center set to enter renovation phase

Posted at 11:15 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 16:19:44-04

HELENA – MTN News is getting a closer look at the county detention center in the midst of an $8.3 million dollar renovation.

Thursday, county commissioners and Sheriff Leo Dutton toured the jail, as the demolition phase ends and renovation phase begins.

No cameras were allowed inside to film, because of security concerns.

According to Sletten Construction, the entire project is still on track to be done by spring of 2020. The renovations will upgrade inmate capacity from 80 to 156 beds.

County data shows overflow prisoners cost taxpayers more than $250,000 each year.

In 2016, voters approved a bond to address overcrowding at the law enforcement center.