HOLLISTER, Calif. - The San Benito County Jail will soon be able to house more inmates, as ground was broken today for its expansion.
The project will cost $20 million and is primarily state funded.
The maximum security jail currently has 142 beds, and with the expansion will add approximately 25,000 square feet which will include 72 medium security dorm style beds contained in two new housing pods. Each pod contains 3 twelve person dorms with a large program room within each dorm.
Officials say the emphasis of the facility is increased opportunities for rehabilitation in an effort to reduce recidivism. With the advent of state prison realignment and AB109, inmates which would have been housed in state prison are now sentenced to county jails for longer periods of time. This results in a more sophisticated inmate being kept in county jails which also results in exposure to more programing opportunities. The new physical plant is designed with that end in mind.
The goal is to reduce recidivism. The new facility also includes a new administration area, a new booking and intake area, a new medical area as well as new video visitation rooms which will be used to offer increased opportunities for visitation.
The project is anticipated to be completed the spring of 2019.