Wednesday, December 15, 2010

AB 900 Jail Construction Project Groundbreakings: Protecting Public Safety in San Bernardino and Calaveras Counties

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and local San Bernardino County officials on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first jail construction project as a result of AB 900. Increasing jail bed capacity for San Bernardino County, the project will provide the Adelanto Detention Center under the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department with a maximum-security 1,368 bed expansion.

The project will be funded through a combination of lease-revenue bonds made available by AB 900 and county funds. The Adelanto Detention Center expansion project will be coordinated by San Bernardino County and is expected to be completed in June 2013. The Adelanto Detention Center expansion project will total approximately $120 million in construction costs. The Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) conditionally awarded $82 million of that to San Bernardino County for construction and the remaining funds will be provided by the County.

On Friday, CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate and Calaveras County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a major jail expansion that will quadruple the county’s jail capacity. The Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) conditionally awarded $26,387,591 to Calaveras County to build the Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility, which will provide 160 new beds. Originally built in 1963, the jail in Calaveras County has 65 beds. With limited space and a court ordered population cap, the county was forced to release offenders before they had completed their full sentences.

AB 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provides funding for treatment and rehabilitation beds and to reduce prison overcrowding. Conditional funding for 11 counties, including Calaveras, has been awarded through the Corrections Standards Authority for jail bed expansions.

The events marked the first two local jail construction projects and added to three AB 900 construction project launched this year. In November, CDCR and California Prison Health Care Services broke ground on a 1,722-bed inmate medical facility southeast of Stockton. In June, CDCR broke ground on a 64-bed intermediate-care mental health facility at California Medical Facility in Vacaville and a 45-bed acute/intermediate-care mental health facility for female inmates at California Institution for Women in Chino. Click here for more information on the status of AB 900 construction projects, and click here and here for more information on AB 900 financing and awards through the Corrections Standards Authority.

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