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The county’s 40-bed, $850,000 women’s jail in Globe has fallen far behind schedule, forcing the county to house 36 women inmates in a space designed for 18.

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Jail project now a building ‘nightmare’

Construction snafus plague vital women’s jail in Globe

A new jail construction project has turned into a house of horrors for the county. A 40-bed women’s jail in Globe was supposed to take nine months to construct, but work has dragged on for more than two years and additional repair work will likely consume another two months. County officials say a slew of problems have cost the county an additional $44,000 — pushing the project’s cost up to $850,000 and rising. Jail officials have had to get crafty with sleeping arrangements, housing as many as three-dozen females in a facility designed to house 18. The situation is a “nightmare,” said Gila County Sheriff’s Office Major James Eskew, who oversees the health and welfare of county inmates.

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