Panel OKs bond sale for Allen Parish Jail project

The current Allen Parish Jail.
The current Allen Parish Jail.

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The long wait for a new Allen Parish Jail is closer to being over.

On Thursday, the Louisiana Bond Commission approved a bond sale to fund a new jail.

The jail would go on a 40-acre site purchased 12 years ago, located just west of Oberlin on La. 26.

Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert Jr. said officials are eyeing a facility with 180 to 200 beds.

"Twelve years in the making, but the dream is coming true," Hebert said.

Hebert said the next steps will include selling the bonds, finishing up blueprints and letting the project out for bid. He said officials hope to have all of that done within the next 60 to 90 days.

"As of today, we are not thinking of a new jail, we are building a new jail," Hebert said.

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