SCV Chinese School – Banner 2
Santa Clarita Transit – Dump the Pump – Banner
Action Family Counseling – Banner
California High Speed Rail – Palmdale – Banner
Galpin Motors – Banner
Disneyland – Diamond Celebration – Banner
Union Bank – Banner
SCV Chinese School – Banner 3
All Americans Bail Bonds – Banner
Simply Taylored – Banner
Adage IT – Banner
Newhall Land – Banner
SCV Senior Center – Touch A Truck 2015 – Banner
SCV Chinese School – Banner
Academy Swim Club – Banner
San Diego Zoo – Generic – Banner
Green Convergence – Sun Power – Banner
AV Party Rental – Banner
Facey – Banner
College Of The Canyons – Banner
Santa Clarita Autosound – Banner
Patterson’s Collision Center – Banner
Valencia Town Center – Farmer’s Market – Banner
Hugo Naturals – Banner
Newhall Land – 2015 – Banner
IHOP – Banner
Nothing Bundt Cakes – Banner
Brent’s Carpet One – Banner
Beyond Harmony – Banner
Today
It is forecast to be Clear at 7:00 PM PDT on May 27, 2015
Clear
82°/56°
Home » Santa Clarita News » New To Pitchess Detention Center: Women’s Village

New To Pitchess Detention Center: Women’s Village

khts_crime_genericBy Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com

Sheriff Lee Baca will ask the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to approve a revised jail facilities plan that will add a wing for female inmates to the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and replace the 50-year-old downtown Men’s Central Jail building.

At a total estimated cost of $1.4 billion, the plan is designed to solve the overcrowding problems addressed by the federal courts, enhance inmate supervision and cut ongoing operational costs.


Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking news alerts delivered right to your inbox



A report states at build-out, the new women’s detention facility in Castaic would house 1,156 inmates and would include a 26-bed medical clinic.

It would provide “a medium- to low-security environment for female inmates in a village-style compound which maximizes rehabilitative, educational and vocational opportunities and should ultimately reduce recidivism and long-term costs.”

Women are currently housed in the 1,122-bed Century Regional Detention Center, which would change to a men’s jail once the women’s facility opens in Castaic.

Then, the “deficient and deteriorating” Men’s Central Jail would be replaced with a “podular design … that enhances inmate security while reducing annual staffing costs by approximately $23.7 million in the first full year by improving inmate visibility, integrating dayroom-program and outside recreation space within each individual module, drastically curtailing the need for inmate movement, and providing the sheriff with greater flexibility in aligning housing.”

In total, the plan would increase the county jail system’s capacity by 393 beds. “Most significantly,” the report states, the realigned facilities would free up 4,054 beds for high-security male inmates.

The $1.4 billion price tag will be paid as follows: $144.3 million from the county’s 2011-12 capital projects budget, $100 million from the state, and the remaining $1.165 billion through the sale of long-term municipal tax-exempt bonds.

When the supervisors authorized the original jail facilities plan in 2006, it was envisioned that the Sybil Brand Institute could be sufficiently upgraded to accommodate more female inmates than turned out to be the case.

The 2006 settlement of a lawsuit known as the Rutheford case called for improvements to Men’s Central Jail to address problems of overcrowding, inadequate recreational opportunities for inmates, insufficient inmate supervision and the deteriorating physical condition of the facility.

Baca subsequently determined that the obsolete configuration of the run-down building made it impractical to repair. Even if made ship-shape, its inherently inefficient design still would require deputies to escort inmates through corridors and up and down elevators and escalators to get from dayrooms to recreation, visitation and counseling areas, medical services and court lines.

“This movement of inmates occurs multiple times per day and increases the sheriff’s difficulty in providing inmate classification separation,” the report states.

The female housing complex in Castaic would be built in one phase and completed in early 2016. Then the first phase of demolition of the Men’s Central Jail would occur, with the new towers opening in late 2017.

Baca’s office said the project does not require full environmental review because they “will not result in direct or indirect physical changes to the environment.”

New To Pitchess Detention Center: Women’s Village

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

About KHTS AM 1220

Action Family Counseling – News Banner
AV Party Rental – News Banner
Academy Swim Club – News Banner
Hugo Naturals – News Banner
Beyond Harmony – News Banner
College Of The Canyons – News Banner
All American Bail Bonds – News Banner
Brent’s Carpet One – Tile
Mannered Mutt – Tile
Green Convergence – Tile
SCV Chinese School – Tile
SCV Senior Center – Touch A Truck 2015 – Tile
Action Family Counseling – Tile