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The LAST move of the Galveston County Jail was in 1963, to what was then a state-of-the-art facility on 19th street. It was concrete and steel bars, much like what most Americans can visualize what a jail should be. Times have changed, and technology has changed.
Here we are, 43 years later, with a brand new state-of-the-art facility located at 5700 Avenue H in Galveston. Todays state-of-the-art is computer operated doors, card access and identification, hundreds of video monitoring cameras and communication and is USER FRIENDLY!
The location is easy to find, 45 south - cross the causeway and turn left at the first red light you come to. The courthouse is on one end, the Sheriff's office on the other end... the jail is everything in-between. It spans nearly 5 blocks long and close to two blocks wide... it's massive. The design is modular, meaning it can be added onto as needed with no major design changes - an excellent idea.
Today, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's Office transportation division, we successfully moved one thousand twenty five inmates from the old jail to the new with no issues out of the norm. We started at 7:30am and the last inmate hit the back door at 11:15am.
This move has been a long-time coming, it was well planned and the staff moved like a precision timepiece - yes I'm proud of them!
Like any new building or home, you have a getting acquainted period (I'm hoping no more than two weeks), then our lives can get back to normal.

Attached is a video link to "Beyond the myths", that explains why a well run jail benefits all. Jails.wmv
It's not a small file, but it's very informative and I use it in training.

Now I'm sitting here with a cold beer and a long overdue state of relaxation. I missed the gathering today, but I'll be at the next one... until then... Cheers!
 
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That DamnYankee!!
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Glad the move went smoothly for y'all. We appreciate what you do. You missed a heck of a Gathering today, we had quite a good turnout.

Jeff
 

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Amen! I know it was a long time coming and a long of hard work and disappointing delays along the way. I'm happy for ya, GW!!! ... "user" friendly? Sounds strange when talking about a jail. ;)
 

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Man...I sure appreciate all you do for us. Glad they made your work a little easier. New technology is a blessing and I'm glad the move went well.

So hopefully, we can get to fishing and/or just eating and celebrating soon! LOL

So when are we gonna celebrate this monumental event and your having survived it??? LOL

We missed you and the Mrs. today. ;)
 

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that makes sense

When we were heading down 45 we saw four galveston county buses with hot escorts going north on 45. They must have had something to do with that. I was curious. GreatWhite, your my hero dude. LEO's have a tougher job than most know.

Z
 

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Congrats on the big move. I know a lot of work went into making it go smoothly. You and the Mrs. were missed at the gathering.

1,025 inmates in the jail?? That's a LOT of people.
 

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Greg now I am going to have to get thrown in jail so I can see what the new jail looks like from the inside.:)
Glad they got it all finished and the move went smooth. Wife will be on the other end on the 31st she has jury duty.:slimer:
 

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Bobby said:
Greg now I am going to have to get thrown in jail so I can see what the new jail looks like from the inside.:)
Glad they got it all finished and the move went smooth. Wife will be on the other end on the 31st she has jury duty.:slimer:
Bobby, me too!
 
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