County Awarded $20 Million in Additional State Funding for North County Jail
Santa Barbara County- July 26th, 2012
Today at their inaugural meeting the newly created California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) awarded $20 million in additional grant funding to Santa Barbara County toward construction of a new 376 bed north county jail facility. These additional funds were added to a $60 million AB900 Phase II partial grant previously awarded to Santa Barbara County by the now-defunct Corrections Standards Authority. Today’s action by the BSCC means that Santa Barbara County will receive $80 million, the full amount requested and the maximum available to a medium-sized county.
The Sheriff’s Office had previously applied for and received a State grant of $56.3 million to build a 306 bed jail, but relinquished that award in order to be able to apply for the larger amount with less required local matching costs. The new grant will be used to build a 376 bed custody facility that will include medical and mental health units.
“Today’s award puts us one step closer to building an urgently needed additional jail facility made necessary by chronic jail overcrowding and the influx of state prisoners shifted to local custody due to criminal justice realignment,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. “I appreciate the hard work performed by all the members of our Jail Project Team that positioned us to receive these funds.”
The Sheriff’s Office expects to receive a recommendation from the County’s Debt Advisory Committee regarding the source of required matching funds next month, and will present the overall jail construction plan to the Board of Supervisors shortly thereafter.
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