Oct 27, 2015 9:16 PM
A proposed jail annex for Tehama County is sparking debate in downtown Red Bluff.
The plans call for the jail, located at Madison and Oak streets to expand across the street to where the Tehama County Library currently sits. The library would be relocated and Madison street re-routed.
Last night in a joint session meeting with the Tehama County Supervisors and Red Bluff City Council, officials aired concerns and listened to plenty of feedback from residents. Overall they say the meeting was productive.
Considering challenges related to the passing of AB109, Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt says this project is necessary.
He tells Action News Now they face an average of 10 bookings per day, saying an additional 64 beds in the proposed annex where the library is located is ideal.
The Tehama County Jail located in the downtown area was built in the mid 70's with additions completed in 1994. The facility houses 227 beds with a functional capacity of up to 200 inmates at a time.
Sheriff Hencratt says re-routing Madison street is necessary to complete the project, saying operating with a gap between the two facilities poses too much of a security risk.
Some residents questioned why the plan isn't to build up instead of across. The Sheriff says that isn't an option because of the way the jail was originally built.