Officials from three counties cut the ribbon for the new Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Tuesday morning (June 15) at an opening ceremony attended by more than 100 government and law enforcement officers and private citizens who took a post-ceremony tour of the $72 million, 175,000-square-foot facility, which looks from afar more like a high school than a prison (though its purpose, at left, is clear once you’re inside). As Dennis L. Hupp, presiding judge of the 26th judicial circuit, put it: “I will not call it a nice facility. It’s a jail.” But it is, he added, “an impressive facility.” More about the new jail, and Rappahannock County’s transition from a small, 181-year-old local facility, in next week’s paper.
Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.