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Benton County Jail Tours Start Saturday

Benton County JailCORVALLIS, Ore. —  The Benton County Sheriff is hosting an open house at the jail in Corvallis on Saturday for the public to tour the facility.

Sheriff Scott Jackson says he hopes to have a bond measure option on November’s ballot, which would pay for a new jail. He says the current Benton County jail was built in the 1970s – originally only to serve as a temporary facility. The Sheriff says the jail is falling apart and is too small.

The jail can house up to 40 inmates, but Jackson says the county spends more than $1 million annually to rent bed space from other counties for Benton County inmates.

The open houses are on June 28, July 12, and July 26. To sign up for a tour, either visit the Benton County Sheriff’s website by clicking here, or call (541) 766-6866.

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