Update: Progress towards a new Escambia County Jail

Escambia Co. Detention Facility
New jail will be built close to old location.

A big step toward building a new Escambia County jail took place Thursday.

The County Commission agreed to pay $4.5 million to buy land next to the existing jail.

In April 2014, the previous jail exploded due to a ruptured gas line in the laundry room. Two people were killed in the accident, and 184 others were injured.

Since then, authorities condemned the jail. Inmates are currently being held at several other facilities around the area.

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