Community members eager to see the completed, new Kodiak jail were able to attend an open house Monday afternoon.

The jail marks the completion of the new Kodiak Police Department building, and provides a number of improvements.

“It’s a much larger jail compared to what we’re coming from,” chief of police T.C. Kamai said. “We’re going from a 16-bed to a 22 adult bed facility here. We’ll be able to hold prisoners at the new jail for up to 30 days.”

In the old jail, prisoners could only be held for up to 10 days. The increase in beds and days helps in a number of ways.

“It will really help in that we won’t be so overcrowded. We have more beds so that we can take in more prisoners,” Kamai said. “Holding prisoners longer means we won’t have to fly as many folks over to the mainland who had maybe 15 or 20 days to serve time.

“It saves money for everyone all the way around. The ones who will benefit from it immediately are the state troopers because they won’t have to do those transports.”

The new jail also features two cells for juvenile detention, something the old jail lacked.

Prisoners should start moving into the new jail today.

Kamai said he is relieved to finish the project.

“This has been a significant portion of my time for the last several years,” he said. “Now that it’s finally close to being over, we’re very, very happy.”

Mirror writer Louis Garcia can be reached via e-mail at lgarcia@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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