County corrections officials quietly transferred 98 inmates from the old county jail to the new Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility over the weekend.
Officials were successful in keeping inmates and most residents unaware of the carefully planned move."We tried to tell as few people as possible because we didn't want the families showing up . . . wanting to get a free visit," said Lt. Thad Mattson, supervisor of the new jail.
The $10 million jail will hold about 400 inmates. Plans are to rent cells to the overcrowded Utah State Prison system.
The move began Friday, when eight inmates considered a high risk for escape were transferred one at a time in an armored prison van.
The remaining 90 prisoners were transported 25 at a time in a Washington County School District Bus.