Councilmembers Vote Unanimously On New Jail Site

The Lafayette Parish Council met to vote on buying land for a new jail that will be placed next to the current Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Facility on Willow Street. NEWS15 found some residents are upset about the new jail's location.

Posted: Dec 1, 2021 6:21 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 2:06 PM

Lafayette,LA-  The question about a new jail never was the problem for council members. It was always about the location. The Willow Street spot concerned residents months ago -- and continues to do so now.

Lafayette Parish councilmembers voted Wednesday night to build a new jail off Willow Street in Lafayette's northside. The council agreed to buy 17.3 acres of land around the Sheriff Department's existing complex.

Despite it being a hot topic – no one spoke against the plan at the meeting, but Cynthia Kimble continues to disapprove of it being near a school and church."You know they have kids around, many innocent children, and they could have moved it somewhere else, but you know that's the city."

Mona Trahan believes that there are more important things that the council should focus on when it comes to the Northside.... not just for adults… but for the kids. "We have a pool over really for the kids to use that really needs to be worked on. The sidewalks, a lot of places that the buttons don't work."

Joel Kerlegan's only request is to see the Northside get the help they've been promised."The Northside uses a thriving and everything else, and now things are going elsewhere, and businesses are going down."

Lafayette Parish councilmembers did not indicate when the building project could start. Once the new jail is built -- the Sheriff's Department will close the current jail in downtown.

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