The new site will allow Corrections to house 30 additional work-release inmates, and to add a 32-bed residential substance-abuse treatment unit for female inmates.
Also, the state Parole Board will move into the center from cramped office space on Greenbrier Street.
"It will give them more office space, and provide conference space," Rubenstein said.
The additional space also will make it easier to keep families of crime victims and inmates' families separated during parole hearings, he said.
Under the contract, BBL Carlton has 360 days for substantial completion of the project, with the project to be entirely completed within 420 days.
"I'm hopeful it will move quickly," Rubenstein said.
The new 128-bed correctional facility is one of several measures intended to cut in half a backlog of 1,600 Corrections inmates that are housed in regional jails statewide.
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