Greene County Sheriff’s Office dedicates cornerstone at new jail

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 6:11 AM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 1:45 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Greene County Sheriff’s Office dedicated a monument at the new jail on Friday.

Several local Masonic Lodges and Greenlawn Funeral Home paid for the cornerstone monument. Freemasons often honor newly constructed government buildings with cornerstones, typically on the structure’s northeast corner. The long-standing history dates back to President George Washington laying the cornerstone of the White House in 1792. The cornerstone symbolizes sturdiness, morality, and truth.

Greene County Jail Cornerstone.
Greene County Jail Cornerstone.(Greene County, Missouri)

The new $150 million Greene County Sheriff’s Office is located near the Springfield-Branson National Airport North Haseltine and Divsion. The 23-acre complex includes 325,000 square feet of jail space, 62,000 square feet devoted to the sheriff’s office, and 22,000 square feet in a separate building housing evidence and training facilities. The Greene County Commission has not released an opening date.

Jail staff gave tours to community leaders and the public on Friday. Commissioner Bob Dixon says it’s a good chance for taxpayers to see what that $150 million went toward.

“Today marks the culmination of a great deal of hard work by our staff leadership team, design team, construction managers, and trade partners,” said Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon. “We applaud their excellent work to complete the project on time and under budget. The taxpayers of Greene County can be proud.”

The new jail replaces an overcrowded downtown facility that got so packed that temporary modular homes had to be brought in to house the overflow. The old facility housed around 600 inmates. The new facility will house 1,242. The new jail includes 20 separate pods holding between 24-56 people in each pod.

Go inside the jail. CLICK HERE for a tour.

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