updated: Jan 16, 2014, 8:42 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that this morning, January 16, in Los
Angeles, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) awarded Santa Barbara County full
funding in the amount of $38,976,000 per SB 1022 Construction of Criminal Justice Facilities
Santa Barbara County submitted an application to the BSCC in October 2013 for the construction of the
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 future North Branch Jail and is anticipated to be built in conjunction with the currently
planned jail construction project. The S.T.A.R. Complex will provide additional housing specifically
designed to help inmates transition from a custody setting back to the community. The building will
also provide a space for education and life skills classes as well as substance abuse treatment.
Additionally, the Sheriff's Alternative Sentencing Bureau will be relocated to this facility.
Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Laz Salinas, who oversees the Custody Branch of the agency, represented
Santa Barbara County at the BSCC meeting today and was pleased to hear the announcement. Chief
Salinas said, "Securing the additional funding is a huge accomplishment for not only the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff's Office but for our partners within the community and the citizens of Santa Barbara
County. The funding will allow us to help meet the needs of our inmate population and provide much
needed programming designed to help reduce the rate of recidivism in our County."
Out of eleven medium sized counties who applied for the funding, Santa Barbara County was one of only
four that were awarded the full amount requested. Sheriff Bill Brown said, "I want to thank the members
of the Sheriff and County team who developed this proposal which was awarded full funding. This is
another huge step in constructing an appropriately sized jail in North County. The new facility will help
alleviate the added burden we are bearing as a result of AB109 Criminal Justice Realignment which has
shifted the responsibility to us for housing approximately 160 inmates who would have formerly been
sentenced to state prison. The added award of almost 39 million dollars will also result in a substantial
infusion of additional dollars into the local economy."
Upon official written notification from the BSCC, the Sheriff's Office in conjunction with County General
Services will seek formal acceptance from the Board of Supervisors for the conditional award.
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|| The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is applying for $38.976 million dollars in state grant jail funding.
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