location gives the County the advantages of a relatively inexpensive site with infrastructure in place and with good proximity to the Courthouse. It also contributes to the stability of downtown Clanton. The site is on the edge of the central business district and within easy walking distance of the existing Courthouse and City Hall. It takes advantage of a site in the downtown area that would not otherwise be used and maintains an important county function in the central business district. Its location relative to the Courthouse, Clanton Municipal Court, attorneys, health services, and other such services will encourage greater activity in this area while eliminating the need for the additional infrastructure that would be required if it were to be constructed in a more remote location. The site provides generous parking and anticipates the construction of another county government building immediately adjacent the jail, thus creating a city/county government district — as an integral part of the central business district — between the Courthouse and the jail.
The facility houses 136 adult males and 24 adult females, primarily in double-occupancy cells. In addition, it includes the requisite day rooms and exercise spaces; a vehicle sally port; intake/release; kitchen; laundry; visitation; and offices for the Sheriff’s Department. Finally, there is a multi-purpose space that will be used for on-site arraignment, religious services, staff training, and various inmate programs.
The cells are arranged for "indirect supervision." With this concept, the cells are clustered in "pods" around central observation/control stations in such a way that all cells are in clear view of the control station. Further, state-of-the-art electronics enable staff in the control stations to observe activities throughout the facility. This design minimizes the number of staff required to operate the facility which, in turn, further reduces the life cycle cost of the facility.
Visually, the masonry, steel, and metal roof that comprise the skin of the building as well as the overall massing of the structure project an image of austerity, severity, and above all else, security. Of course, materials and systems were selected to be as inexpensive, durable, vandal-proof, and easy to maintain as possible. It will be immediately recognizable as an institution of incarceration and punishment. At the same time, the new facility provides opportunities for classification and rehabilitation never before available in Chilton County.