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Santa Barbara County Gets Huge Grant For New Jail

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 12:18am

Santa Barbara County has been awarded a $60 million dollar grant for a new North County Jail Complex to help ease the jail system’s ease overcrowding, with another $20 million possible down the road.

In 2008, the State Correctional Standards Authority had awarded the county $56 million dollars for the new jail.  However, the county reapplied last year, with a chance of upping the amount.  The new grant also has fewer strings with it.  Instead of making a 25% match as required with the first grant, it’s now only obligated to make a 10% match.

Sheriff Bill Brown says with the change, he now wants to build a larger jail, 376 instead of 304 beds, and it would include a medical, and mental health facility.

But, the County still faces major challenges.  It has to come with an additional estimated 17 million dollars a year to staff, and run the new jail.

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