Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $62 million plan to expand the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center to provide more rehabilitation to inmates.
The county received a $56 million grant from the state and will have to make up the difference to complete the project, which includes medical and mental health beds and expanded program space. The state awarded $500 million to counties to make such improvements because they have been asked to incarcerate offenders who previously would have been in prison.
Capt. Milo Fitch said construction won’t begin until late next year or 2016. The Sheriff’s Department needs to get design plans before work can begin, he said.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget calls for another $500 million for jail expansion. If that is approved, Fitch said he is confident the county can get an additional $18 million to complete its expansion as originally planned.
Sacramento County finished fourth in the large county category in the grant process conducted by the Board of State and Community Corrections. The new process gave preference to counties that can demonstrate an ability to quickly build and staff the new jail facilities. As a result of finishing fourth, the county only received a partial award.
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