Old jail experiences final breakout

By Wednesday afternoon the jail cells were fully exposed.Pearson Excavating Inc. of Wichita began razing the old Marion County Jail in Marion Wednes?day morning.

By the end of the day, a good portion of the building?made obsolete with the completion of the new jail facility located across the street to the east?was reduced to rubble.

One county official said the original structure, located several feet away from the southeast corner of the courthouse, was built in the 1930s. In 1981, an addition was completed to allow for the relocation of the sheriff?s department from the courthouse.

Sheriff Rob Craft said the new addition to the jail included a only a lobby, a small office for the sheriff, and an inmate visitation room on the ground floor.

By Wednesday afternoon the jail cells were fully exposed.The basement, meanwhile, consisted of a small room that was later converted into a booking room, and another room that was converted into the technology room to house the servers and dispatch equipment.

The sally-port door on the east side of the building allowed prisoners to be brought directly into a secure area in the basement of the jail for processing prior to being moved up two flights stairs to the jail or bonding out.

The upper part of the addition provided a place for dispatch and the addition of three small holding cells designed for temporary housing one or two prisoners. Those were typically used for intoxicated persons or female prisoners.

The basement under the old portion of the jail was used for storage and occasionally flooded by sewer back-up to a level of 1 to 2 feet.

Written By
More from Don Ratzlaff
Hillsboro boys lose heart-breaker to Sacred Heart in 2A opener
The Hillsboro boys nearly gave the top-seeded team at the Class 2A...
Read More