Possible funding on the way for new Shasta County jail

Dec 12, 2013 2:42 PM

The Board of State and Community Corrections announced today its recommendations for allocating $500 million to 15 counties for upgrading local jails. The Shasta County jail is one of the locations included in the list.

The construction funding is a result of SB 1022, which provided for the issuance of lease revenue bonds to help finance the jail modifications needed to accommodate offenders who otherwise would have been sent to state prisons.

The proposed allocations announced today were decided by a BSCC executive steering committee following presentations in Sacramento December 4-5, 2013. Sheriff Bosenko presented Shasta County's proposal. The recommendations will be considered at the BSCC meeting January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The counties were ranked according to how closely they met the requirements of AB 109's landmark reform mandate to house and rehabilitate non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual offenders in their home communities. Shasta County has been recommended by the BSCC committee to receive the full reward requested in the amount of $20 million for a new 64-bed detention dormitory style facility with space for behavioral programs, medical screening, interview/counseling room, and intake and program space.

Once the official conditional award is made in January 2014 by the BSCC, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will consider approving the acceptance of the funding at a regular board meeting. The date of that meeting has yet to be determined.


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