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For sale: Mo. jail described as 'turnkey' ready

For sale: Mo. jail described as 'turnkey' ready

December 15th, 2012 in News

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A little-used northwest Missouri jail advertised as "turnkey" ready is on the auction block after the private company that ran it lost it to a bank.

The Bridewell Detention Facility was built in 2005 in the small town of Bethany, near the Iowa border. Iowa's Poke County, where Des Moines is located, was a major customer.

But the Poke County Sheriff's Department says it stopped sending inmates to Bethany after opening a new jail in November 2008.

Auction company AmeriBid says that by 2010, the 240-bed Bridewell Detention Facility closed its doors.

The bank has had possession of the facility for about a year. A 2006 appraisal found the replacement cost for the facility would be $3.8 million.

Sealed bids are being accepted through Jan. 28.