Bruce W. Evans Adult Detention Center Opened Today

Today Jackson County officials cut the ribbon on a brand new jail named after the only county deputy known to have been killed in the line of duty.
10:08 a.m., that’s the time the new Jackson County Adult Detention Center opened Thursday morning. An arbitrary time for most but for those in blue, it represents code 10-8 which means “in service.” Something the jail now is after almost ten years in the making. Captain Michael Wright, director of the adult detention center, said, “It’s been a long time coming. It’s going to be better for the staff, better for the inmates and better for everyone all around.”
The $27.6 million jail can house up to 750 inmates, triple the amount of the previous facility. It is set up in a modular layout and features video visitation stations, where inmates can speak with loved ones without ever leaving the area. Officials believe this facility embodies what they are trying to accomplish. “The two philosophies that we hinge the facility on are limiting inmate movement and also limiting inmate contact with the staff,” said Captain Wright.
Another special aspect of the detention center is its namesake. It’s named in honor of Deputy Bruce Evans, the only Jackson County deputy to have been killed in the line of duty 15 years ago. His children were just five and eight when they lost their father. Blake Evans, Bruce Evan’s daughter, said, “Of course, we’d rather him be with us but we’re very honored that they were going to name this facility after him and everything. It’s amazing.”
Not only is the detention center named after Deputy Bruce Evans but Sheriff Ezell also announced that the road, Fair Street, will be renamed Bruce Evans Street. This dedication brought some of those who worked with Evans to tears. “Bruce was a mentor to me. He was a family man, he was a man of God and those are some attributes that everybody needs,” said Captain Wright.
Kristi Evans, Bruce Evan’s wife, said, “Even though it’s been 15 years, everyone still has such great memories because you know he was such a great person.”
While no longer with us, Bruce Evans’ dedication to the job will be embodied by those who work inside the walls of the new jail.
It will still be a few weeks before the sheriff’s department can make the official transition to the Bruce W. Evans Adult Detention Center.

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