It was over budget and months behind schedule, and this month Kodiak’s city council learned that the new jail was filled to capacity.
City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski reported the news during last week’s regular council meeting.
Besides being bigger, the new jail has many improvements over the old seriously-out-of-date structure. It has 22 beds compared to the old 16-bunk facility. It’s also designed and certified to hold prisoners for longer stretches than the old one-30 days compared to just 10 days.
The first inmates were transferred from the old jail to the new facility the first week of February following a final open house to show the public the new inmate section.
City council member Tom Walters expressed mixed feelings about having a full jail.
The new jail and police station cost more than $25 million. It’s located on Mill Bay Road across from Cost-Savers.