As part of its partnership with Southern Company
Energy Solutions, Lee Design & Management Group provides
clients, such as Clayton County, with the most comprehensive energy
management and facility maintenance program available. Clayton
County has a guaranteed energy efficient rate of $1.06 per square
foot for a ten-year period. That is $.50 lower than what the county
is currently paying in its smaller facility. This contractual
arrangement is the first of its kind in the Southeast and will save
Clayton County $400,000.00 per year over the next ten years.
There are eight 96-cell, 192-bed housing units and two 192-bed
dormitories to accommodate up to 1,920 inmates at the jail.
However, according to security level, some housing units are single
bunked for more troublesome inmates, giving the facility an ideal
capacity of 1,544 beds. The facility is designed to expand to the
west by adding up to four more 192-bed housing units. The overall
design concept provides for all services for inmates to occur at
the housing units-meaning that visiting, meals, exercise and sick
calls occur at the housing units to alleviate frequent movement of
inmates. This concept is more staff efficient and secure compared
to frequent movement of inmates.
The kitchen provides the production and storage facilities for
up to 10,000 meals per day. Three meals are produced, placed onto
food trays and delivered to the housing units via carts. Each cart
holds a maximum of 100 trays and is pulled to the housing units by
motorized tugs. The weight of the carts requires the motorized
The laundry provides cleaning for bedding, uniforms and small
personal items for the inmate population and facility needs.
Mending services are also provided at the laundry.
The energy plant provides enough energy for a town the size of
Jonesboro. The County has entered into an agreement for 10 years of
Guaranteed Energy costs of $1.06 per square foot, compared to $1.56
per square foot at the old jail. This represents savings of almost
As required by law, the Clayton County Jail provides 24-hour
emergency medical care services for inmates. However, in the new
facilities, more medical care can be provided on-site compared to
the old jail. This increased accessibility to care reduces the
overall cost of medical services by eliminating frequent trips to
hospitals and off-site medical facilities. The facility even allows
for those inmates with special medical needs, such as dialysis, to
receive such services on site.