But behind the pink-colored exterior, metal detector and security cameras is a facility riddled with problems. In addition to the alleged sexual misconduct, ''walk-away'' escapes have averaged two to three a week, according to a log maintained by the Broward Sheriff's Office.
There have been other snafus, including staff releasing the wrong inmate and inmates being sent out on work release during holiday weekends, when they were supposed to be confined to the center.
In yet another incident, an employee dialed 911 and advised the center ''had someone down'' and needed help. BSO responded as if it were an ''officer down'' call, sending several units and alerting both the SWAT team and Field Force teams.
It turned out an inmate had slipped on the sidewalk.
The latest incident -- still under investigation by BSO -- occurred on July 29 when an employee quit after learning he was the subject of a BSO inquiry into rumors that he and a female inmate had been involved sexually for at least two months.
The contract with Wackenhut was negotiated before Jenne became Broward's sheriff, and he says it is not one he would have agreed to. Jenne is adamantly opposed to the privatization of jail facilities.
But Jenne insists he is not trying to end the experiment.
''We think the contract needs to be readdressed so that we can be compensated for investigatory costs and we have the authority to go in there and make the necessary changes,'' Jenne said.
Jackson said relations between Wackenhut and BSO have been frosty and adversarial from the beginning.
''Since he [Jenne] has taken office he has never come over to this center,'' Jackson said.
Corrections officers at the work release center have a starting salary of about $20,000 -- compared to about $27,000 at corrections centers run by the county. The Broward Sheriff's Office says Wackenhut has hired some jailers who have themselves been previously charged with crimes.
That's possible, Jackson said, but he said BSO does the company's background checks.
To ensure that the center is being run properly, the sheriff's office has from time to time dispatched officers posing as inmates with drugs planted on them. Wackenhut did not detect them, BSO officials said, an indication of lax security.
Another indication of lax procedures: one inmate reassigned from the work-release center to the North Broward Detention Center showed up with 40 crack cocaine rocks in his socks.
BSO said it has had difficultly getting the state to prosecute misconduct by jailers at the work-release center because jailers employed by a private firm are not necessarily bound by the same rules as those employed by the government.
For instance, when one jailer was accused of having sex with an inmate, BSO was told that such relations were not a violation of state law.
Jackson said he and Wackenhut have gone to great lengths to address problems, for instance, instituting random drug tests and regular pat-downs.
Wackenhut also recently spent $15,000 on a computerized check-out system and another $50,000 on a drug-detection machine that can detect traces of cocaine and other illicit substances on a returning inmate's hands or clothing.
''You are going to have some problems initially,'' Jackson said. ''You ID those problems, and you try to fix it. You will have bumps in the road and at some point you hope it smooths out.''
As for problems with sexual misconduct by jailers, Jackson said: ''You are going to have some employees who don't play by the rules.''