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The facility, which is at 14th and Delaware, has five floors. On the first floor, inmates are brought to detainee intake and process areas. The first floor also includes 14 single holding cells, five group holding cells, eight DUI holding cells and two DUI intake cells.

"It will be safe, more efficient," Capt. Frank Gale with the Denver Sheriffs Department explained.

The second floor includes seven housing units, 136 double-bunk cells, 24 single-bunk cells and two in-custody holding cells where the inmates wait for their turn in court.

"We'll take them in the order they come in," Gale said.

The third floor is similar to the second floor, except it has an infirmary.

The infirmary will help save the city and county of Denver hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Before, inmates would have to be transferred to Denver Health Medical at an average cost of $1,000 a day. With the infirmary in the Justice Center, it will only cost $50 to $60 a day to treat detainees.

"Anytime we keep them in the facility it saves costs, medical costs," Gale said.

On the fourth floor, there are nine housing units which include two "eight-man bunk" housing units and four "open-bunk housing units." There are also 16 double-bunk cells and 24 single-bunks.

"You'll notice a more secure area up on the top as you can tell by the caging," Gale said.

All of the detainees who will be held at the Justice Center are people who have not been sentenced.

Their average stay is somewhere between one and 45 days. The first batch of inmates will arrive on April 24.

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