The new Middle River Regional Jail has been opened almost two weeks and the inmates are getting settled into their new surroundings.
Behind the doors more than 200 inmates sit locked up. Some catch what jail officials call jailitis, claiming they have a medical issue and need to be transported to the hospital.
But the new jail is fully equipped with every thing needed from the outside world.
"We actually have a doctor on site; before, we had one on call but not always on site; he has a complete medical department with a registered nurse and multiple CNAs to help with other problems; he also has the ability to have a dentist on site; we have the equipment, the chairs and the x-rays," says Sgt. Bob Moubray.
Keeping the inmates inside the facility saves all three localities time and money.
"Its the fact that if somebody is taken to a hospital and there is long term care needed then what we would do in the past is contact that agency and say this inmate is yours on your charges so you have to supply the man power to guard him," adds Moubray.
The hope is that with a full medical staff, fewer injuries will happen inside these walls
"Knowing, hopefully that they won't leave the building unless it’s a major incident that may very well cut back on things," Moubray stated.
The money for this medical care was provided by start up costs and budget money for the jail.