press release - 12121303

Santa Barbara County Recommended to Receive $38.9 Million in Jail Funding


Santa Barbara County - December 12th, 2013

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that this afternoon, December 12, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Executive Steering Committee recommended Santa Barbara County receive full funding, $38,976,000, for the SB 1022 Construction of Criminal Justice Facilities grant.

Sheriff Bill Brown commented, “Today’s news is huge for Santa Barbara County on several different levels. The additional $38.9 million in funding will be added to our previous $80 million award and will allow us to design and build a properly-sized jail in our north county. It will be a model for safely housing criminal offenders, but also for delivering rehabilitative services that will change lives and ultimately reduce recidivism. It will provide a better learning environment for inmates, a safer and more pleasant place for custody staff to work, and it will result in a tremendous boost to our local economy at a time when we need more jobs and economic vitality. This was a highly competitive process, so receiving the recommendation for funding amid a crowded field of well-qualified peer counties is a remarkable achievement. I am immensely proud of my custody team that put together our outstanding proposal and presented it to the selection committee.”

Santa Barbara County submitted an application to the BSCC in October 2013 for the construction of Sheriff’s Transition And Reentry (S.T.A.R.) Complex. The S.T.A.R Complex will be located on the same site as the new North Branch Jail and is anticipated to be constructed in conjunction with the currently planned jail construction project.


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