A brand new $11 million addition to the city jail in Broomfield, Colo., sits empty and unused after an expected deluge of new prisoners that was predicted five years ago failed to materialize.

Meanwhile, the city is paying nearby jurisdictions to house its few female overflow inmates at a cost of an additional $200,000, according to an investigation by Denver’s 7News.

The new jail can hold as many as 218 inmates in two detention pods and an alternative sentencing unit, but it would cost the city and county $780,000 in staff and training costs for each of the first two years just to open its doors.

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