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6:24 PM, Jun 4, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Guilford County Detention Center is soon to be opened, and News 2 had a sneak-peak tour on Monday.

The new detention center will fix the current jail overcrowding problem.

On Sunday night, the old jail had close to 200 inmates, who slept on the floor. The overcrowding is an issue because it can create costly lawsuits for the county.

The new jail was paid for with a $115 million voter-approved bond. But, came in at $100 Million.

Sheriff deputies are already moving in the building, which is slightly ahead of schedule.

The Sheriff's department, hired an additional 89 deputies to help with the much larger jail.

Sheriff BJ Barnes said the jail will open in phases to keep cost at a minimum.

The only real concern with the new building is the parking.

"That's been the only negative or downfall about this building that we run into. We just don't have the parking for it," said Sheriff Barnes.

The Sheriff's office and County Officials are looking into way to solve the parking problems.

The Guilford County Commision and the Sheriff's Office will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 11, 2012 at 10AM. Right after the tour, the public can take tour of the new building. The county is planning ribbon cutting for Monday, June 11 at the Jail on South Edgeworth St.

For more information, please call The Guilford County Sheriff's Office at (336) 641-3694.

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