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State funding could buoy Roseville jail construction

Placer County asking state for $9.3 million
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County is going after nearly $10 million in state Department of Corrections funding to help build a new 220-bed jail in the south county. The county would build the jail near its soon-to-be-completed office building and courthouse at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. The 220-bed unit would be completed by 2011 and signal the start of eventual construction of a series of pods that would house up to 980 inmates at the South Placer County jail. The county's jail housing is now in North Auburn and that will continue to be used after the new jail opens. In tandem with the 220-bed unit, the county is planning separate construction without state funds on an adjacent 128-bed facility at the justice center. The plan includes one, high volume courtroom similar to the courtroom at the North Auburn jail. Estimated cost of the full South Placer jail is $77.3 million. CEO Tom Miller told supervisors Tuesday that the plans are to move forward on jail construction whether the state funding comes through or not. Supervisors voted 5-0 to authorize staff to apply to the state corrections department for funding to be used on the initial state of the South Placer Adult Correctional Facility. Under the proposal going to the state, the county would provide 35 percent of the funding for the facility “ or a match of $5.1 million. Supervisors expressed continuing support for the expanded jail presence in Placer County, with Granite Bay-area Supervisor Kirk Uhler noting that there was the possibility that the state would reclassify prison sentences in the future, making what is now prison time jail time. Supervisor Bruce Kranz said he shared the same concern, that the state is going to unload more and more folks on us. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com, or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.