Be an inmate at the new jail

After four years of planning and construction, the new jail in New Hanover County is ready for inmates and for residents.

County officials are holding an open house at the jail Saturday, allowing people to get a rare look inside the cells.

The $47 million dollar state-of-the-art facility will be the new home for the more than 400 inmates who are now in the jail on 4th Street.

News Six took the underground walk inmates will make to their cells. Each pod opens to a common area with tables and chairs. The individual cells have the standard double bunks but no iron bars.

This new detention center can house 648 inmates, and there's room on site for expansion.

You can see the jail for yourself Saturday. County officials are hosting an open house from 10am until 5pm.

And you can even be one of the first inmates to spend the night in jail -- without committing a crime!

Anyone over the age of 16 can be booked. You'll be issued the standard prison uniform and bunk for the night. You can see what life is like behind bars.

Call 362-3920 before Saturday to reserve your bed behind bars.

The new detention center is located just off Blue Clay Road, near Wilmington International Airport.

Reported by Sara Straeten