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Plaquemines Parish marks completion of controversial $100M detention center

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Detention Center during construction, FOX 8 file photo Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Detention Center during construction, FOX 8 file photo
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Leaders in Plaquemines Parish mark the completion of a controversial $100 million detention center.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Detention Center.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the new facility, located at 16081 Highway 15 in Davant. Opening remarks begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The former detention center was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. FEMA completely funded the new facility, but some question how the parish will fill the jail.

Plaquemines Parish currently has only 80 prisoners. The new jail can house as many as 800.

The facility is scheduled to officially open and begin housing inmates on Sunday, February 15.

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