New Jail For Grundy County

Grundy Co. JailCoffee County will be opening a jail soon and now another area county will begin the process of building a new facility.
The Grundy County Commission is finally ready to accept bids for a new jail. Contractors have until September 4 to file sealed bids for the projected 96-bed detention center. The new facility will be located behind the courthouse in the town of Altamont.
Estimates show the bare-bones type of facility being built for a cost between $6 million and $6.5 million.
The current jail, built in the 1970s, remains uncertified since 1990s. At that time, state officials determined the capacity at 32 inmates. Throughout the last two decades, the jail has consistently housed upward of 50 inmates at a time.
The exiting Grundy County Jail was closed July 16 by the State Fire Marshal’s Office after extensive violations were found with the electrical system. Those problems have since been corrected.
The inmates had to be moved to other jails across middle and west Tennessee for housing. They have since been returned to the jail.