New Roseville jail will have arraignment courtroom after all

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County supervisors gave their OK Tuesday to a jail courtroom for arraignments at the 390-bed South Placer Adult Correctional Facility now under construction in Roseville. The jail – the $88 million first phase of a facility planned to eventually house 980 inmates as the South Placer population continues to grow – had been initially planned without the arraignment facility. Instead, the arraignment procedure for new inmates would have taken place at the current jail courtroom next to the Placer County Jail in North Auburn. Representatives of law enforcement attended Tuesday’s meeting to successfully advocate for Board of Supervisors approval of the new courtroom. The original master plan for the Bill Santucci Justice Center indicated the new jail would be part of anticipated future construction of the arraignment court because it would minimize risks to sheriff’s transportation officers, inmates and the public when detainees are transported to court proceedings. With the state Administrative Office of the Courts responsible for funding and trial court operations, the county and the state office worked out an agreement that would allow the $4.8 million change order in the original project to move forward. Joel Swift, deputy director of facility services, said construction costs would be $3.76 million, with the remainder paying for fees, permits, management costs and contingencies. Scott Owens, who will replace retiring Placer County District Attorney Brad Fenocchio in 2011, said that an arraignment facility in Roseville, near District Attorney’s offices in Roseville, would cut down on everything from attorney staff time now making the drive to Auburn to air pollution. Sheriff Ed Bonner said the time saved in travel time will allow his office to get more deputies back out patrolling the streets. In other board business Tuesday: n Supervisors rejected a claim of $18,500 by Foresthill attorney John Wolfgram. Wolfgram, who finished a distant second against Charlie Brown in the Democratic Party primary for District 4 Congress, claims he was falsely arrested. n The board accepted the resignation of Roy West from the Foresthill Forum municipal advisory council. n Supervisors approved revenue sharing grants of $300 to the Placer County Japanese American Citizens League for the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial. Another grant of $500 was approved for the 64th annual Kid’s Fish Derby in North Auburn sponsored by the Placer Sportsmen. Both funding requests were from Supervisor Jim Holmes.