Crews are erecting walls and pouring floors for a unique corrections facility intended to house minimum-security prisoners.

The 120-bed facility, housed in the Davis County Criminal Justice Complex just west of I-15, will be completed at the end of November. It will be ready for inmates in January after officials work out operations, said Maj. K.D. Simpson of the Davis County Sheriff's Department.Although the federal government has promised $2.4 million for the building, Stacey Enterprises Inc. of Ogden contracted to build it for $1.4 million. This flexibility in funds is useful because the county can put in extras not previously budgeted for, Simpson said.

Utah County is toying with the idea of building a similar facility, he said, but for now, Davis will be the only county in Utah to have a minimum-security work-release unit.

Inmates housed in the new unit will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the community and will primarily use the facility as a place to sleep. No kitchen is provided because prisoners can eat meals while on work release. Also, the facility lacks heavy locking doors abundant in the county jail, Simpson said.

The work-release prisoners will have more freedom than inmates in the regular jail and won't be subject to the frequent prisoner searches conducted at the jail.

The federal government is paying for the facility's construction on the condition that federal prisoners be housed in Davis County, but Simpson said federal inmates won't be put in the new building. Rather, inmates in the Davis County Jail will be transferred to the work-release unit and the federal prisoners will occupy their empty beds.