CHEROKEE COUNTY

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY
Canton, GA

FAST FACTS
  • 225,000 square feet.
  • 1,024 total bed capacity.
  • Also includes Sheriff’s office, Fire Headquarters and Emergency Government Center.
THE FULL STORY

FDG provided comprehensive program management, design, and program management services for Cherokee County’s New Public Safety Facility (PSF) in Canton, Georgia.  Initially, FDG’s justice planners completed a detailed analysis of the criminal justice system needs of the county.  This analysis included the development of inmate population projections, staffing and management requirements, facility space needs, and construction options and budgets.

Based on recommendations of the evaluation, Cherokee County approved the design and construction of a new PSF to include 512 additional jail beds, as well as space for a new Sheriff’s Office, Fire/EMA headquarters, and Emergency Government Center. The new building is approximately 225,000 square-feet, with the infrastructure designed to accommodate another tower, bringing the jail’s ultimate capacity to 1,024 beds. The jail portion includes 256 beds in 128 pre-cast concrete cell units, 256 dormitory beds, a new intake/booking area, kitchen, laundry, medical facilities, and jail administration. In addition to office and administrative spaces, the Public Safety Facility portion contains an employee development area to accommodate the staff training needs of all Sheriff and Fire/EMA staff.