JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. – Military leadership on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor the past and celebrate the future on March 3 with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF). Since 1957, the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility has served the Department of Defense’s detention needs in the region.
The new NWJRCF will feature improved recreational and vocational features for prisoners, as well as upgraded security functions. Prisoners at the NWJRCF are able to enroll in a variety of vocational programs, including horticulture, small engine repair and carpentry. The facility is being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with a tentative completion date of 2022.
Soldiers of the 508th Military Police (Detention) Battalion and U.S. Army Correctional Activity are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NWJRCF and maintaining the care and custody of the prisoners.
“Generations of Soldiers have served inside the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility, trusted by the Department of Defense to keep professional, humane and secure custody of military prisoners,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Hodl, commander, 508th MP (D) Bn. “This new facility will ensure it continues to be an honorable institution and viable platform of military corrections for decades to come.”
The ground-breaking ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. on March 3 at the current site of the NWJRCF on JBLM.