Suffolk's new county jail -- a $185 million facility mandated by the state and dubbed by County Executive Steve Bellone as a "Taj Mahal" -- opens when the first of 440 prisoners arrive during the first week of April 2013.
In this part of the new Suffolk County
In this part of the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility, in Yaphank, 60 inmates can stay in a dorm. Inmates sleep in open areas because there are no separate cells. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
In the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility, in
In the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility, in Yaphank, there are twenty cells with showers inside. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
An example of a cell within the new
An example of a cell within the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility, in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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In the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in
In the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank, a correction officer mans an entire pod. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
A part of a pod is shown in
A part of a pod is shown in this photo of the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
A part of a pod is shown in
A part of a pod is shown in this photo of the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
The visiting area in the new Suffolk County
The visiting area in the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility, in Yaphank, contains round stools for the inmates and rectangle stools for visitors. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
A part of a pod is shown in
A part of a pod is shown in this photo of the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco stands in one
Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco stands in one of the four pods at the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)