Visitors to tour expanded $80 million Alabama jail

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Taxpayers will get a chance to see how
their money was spent when Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning
hosts an open house for the county's $80 million jail expansion.

The open house follows a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Construction on the city-county jail started in 2003.

Cracks were discovered in a support beam, leading the city to dismiss the original builder, and the city of Huntsville is suing Gadsden-based
Dawson Building Contractors in to try to recover some of the more
than $50 million in cost overruns.

Lee Builders finished the jail last September.

Dorning said he hopes to begin transferring inmates later this
month and eventually close the county's older jail annex.

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