North County Jail Approved
updated: Oct 02, 2012, 4:12 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
County Board of Supervisors Approves
North County Jail
Santa Barbara- Today in a historic vote the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously
accepted an $80 million dollar state grant to construct a new north county jail facility. This decision
comes on the heels of AB 109, the state's criminal justice realignment law that shifts responsibility for
housing and supervising certain criminal offenders, who were previously the responsibility of the state,
to county sheriffs and probation departments.
"I commend the Board of Supervisors for their bold action today," said Sheriff Bill
Brown. "Inadequate jail capacity in our county continues to be a worsening problem that has been in
search of a solution with 8 previous Boards. Today's decision paves the way - once and for all - for a
much needed North County Jail to be built. This was a true team accomplishment. I am grateful for the
support of the Board, the determined efforts of my 3 predecessors, the perseverance and hard work of
those currently in my office, and the collaboration of our colleagues within the County family, whose
collective efforts got us to where we are today."
The total projected cost estimate of the 376 bed facility is $96.1 million dollars. The jail, which is
estimated to take 5 years to design and construct, will be built on a 50 acre parcel at Black Road and
Betteravia Road near Santa Maria.
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