New Duval jail is priority for incoming City Council president

Published on June 8, 2023 at 3:15 pm

The incoming president of Jacksonville City Council says said one of his main priorities will be building a new jail and moving it away from its current home on East Bay Street Downtown.

In an interview on This Week In Jacksonville, Ron Salem said the jail is over 30 years old and not in good condition.

Jacksonville Today thanks our sponsors. Become one.

“I’ll be setting up a process where we can have that public discussion involving the public defender, the courts, the state attorney, the clerk of the court, bringing all the people together and trying to figure out where we move it, what services are provided, mental health, health care, etc. in order to we can begin the process of hopefully building a new jail at some point in the future,” Salem said.

Read the rest of this story at News4Jax, a Jacksonville Today news partner.

author image Travis Gibson is a digital reporter who has lived in Jacksonville for more than 25 years. He focuses on local issues like education and the environment. author image Jim Piggott covers city government and how it will affect the community. He has lived in Jacksonville for nearly 20 years and worked for WJKS, the former ABC affiliate in the city, before coming to WJXT in 1997.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.