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Weather delays new Correctional Institution opening
Warden: Grand opening should be in mid-January
Inmates work inside the laundry room Monday afternoon at the County's new Correctional Institute under construction on Barber Road. Recent rains have delayed the opening about one month but officials still expect a mid-January grand opening.

Persistent rain has pushed back the opening of the new Hall County Correctional Institution by more than a month, but Warden Walt Davis still expects a mid-January grand opening for the facility.

“We’re excited about being able to move into the new facility,” Davis said.

The new location is a short move down Barber Road toward the Hall County Jail in Gainesville.

In a phone interview last week, Davis said fence work is set to begin Monday.

The warden said the numerous days of rain have so far prevented that fence work and final grading. He had said this summer that hopes were to have it open by late November.

Once the facility is ready, Davis said, the staff will have to train with the new jail management system before inmates move in.

Construction began on the 27,000-square-foot building in June 2014.

The current facility, which was renovated in 1982, has housed state prisoners since 1963.

“It truly is just worn-out. It runs 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It never shuts down,” Davis told The Times this summer.

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