Walton Co. New Modern Prison

Walton County, Florida is expected to open one of the most modern jail facilities in the entire country by next Christmas.

With construction six months ahead of schedule, the contractor gave a media tour of the new, $16 million Walton County Jail.

The 600 bed facility will have separate wings for men, women and minors charged with crimes.

It's approximately eight miles north of the current jail which is adjacent to the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs.

Sheriff Ralph Johnson says by building at a rural site, it allows the opportunity to expand in the future.

Once opened, the jail is expected to take federal prisoners as well. The federal government will pay Walton County $140 per day to house each of its inmates.