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Full Steam Ahead on North County Jail

$90 Million, 376-Bed Facility Scheduled to Open 2018


Thursday, January 17, 2013
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With a specific set of guidelines and obligations required by the state that make an already complicated process that much more complex, Santa Barbara officials are moving forward on a plan for a new North County Jail. The jail, which officials say has been needed for decades because of overcrowding, is expected to cost more than $90 million. Of that, however, $80 million will come from the state under AB 900.

If everything runs on schedule, construction on the 376-bed facility on county-owned property will finish in 2018. Part of the requirement from the state is that the jail be operational upon completion, a major challenge for Santa Barbara officials. The jail is expected to cost $17 million a year to run, and the supervisors are still working on a way to pay for the operational costs, though they have been setting aside funds each year.

Before the state starts paying the county chunks of the $80 million, the county will have to loan itself money to get the project going, then the state will reimburse the county. By November, Sheriff Bill Brown hopes to have spent $9.3 million on the project and to have a more definitive plan in place at that point.

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So a structure to house criminals costs $239,361.70 per person housed? that is 90 million divided by 376.
To me that seems excessive, to say the least.
that doesn't include the 19 million per year to operate the proposed facility...where will THAT come from?

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
January 17, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And then they're gonna wanna fill it.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 17, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Filling it seems to be the least of the problems.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 1:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And the County is bleeding what? $10-12 million this year with deficits projected as far out as the eye can see??? And when this jail opens, another $17 million per year. This group certainly aren't math whizzes

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 8:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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