Nov 13, 2015 1:21 AM by Anthony Peters
Early Thursday afternoon, California's board of State and Community Corrections conditionally approved the funding of a $44.4 million expansion of the Butte County Jail.
"It's not dead and behind us, this is the start of the project. But this is a major point in our entire project," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.
Sheriff Honea applied for the funding in Ausgust as part of Senate Bill 863 which will award 500 million dollars to 15 counties throughout the state. Part of the conditional approval is Butte County having to match 10 percent of the 40 million dollars. So far, the county has matched it, pending final approval on 685,000 dollars from an inmate welfare fund.
"Penal code section 4025 clearly establishes the Sheriff can use those funds for the benefit education and welfare for inmates confined in the facility and the project we are proposing will do just that," he said.
The new 45,000 square foot facility will be built adjacent to the current facility and will add feature medical and mental health housing, medical and dental clinics and replacement housing with 96 beds. Sheriff Honea says the key is to offer those in jail rehabilitation.
"If they get out and we haven't done anything to change the course of their life, they are going to revictimize members of the community," said Honea
Once the County gets final approval, Sheriff Honea says the next step is to start taking bids on the construction.
"I would anticipate that we will now start looking for design built entity that will be in charge of putting this project together. that's something we have our eye on and we are hoping to move forward in a timely manner"