Old Hall County Jail Getting Upgrade

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The old Hall County Detention Center has
been empty for more than a year. But that's about to change.

County officials are leasing it to Corrections Corp. of America
(CCA). It will be renamed the North Georgia Detention Center.

CCA spokeswoman Louise Grant expects the firm will be doing
construction and renovation work on the jail in January.

The 20-year lease with the private prison firm could bring more
than 100 new jobs to the area and bring the county about $2 million
in annual revenues.

CCA will house federal immigration detainees.

The future of the 489-bed jail has been in doubt since the
sheriff's office moved its inmates into a new $52 million jail in
November 2007.

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