In 1997, Galveston County commissioned IBI Group to develop a long-range facilities master plan. After a year of carefully reviewing the existing overcrowded courthouse, aging HVAC systems and outdated building codes, a facility assessment and master plan was presented to the County.
The judicial facility and jail make up the major components of the 562,069 SF Galveston County Justice Center. The judicial portion houses the necessary court functions and departments, including courtrooms, jury assembly and district attorney’s offices. The jail facility includes 1,171 beds and can be easily expanded up to 2,400 beds for future growth.