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North County Jail

North County Jail

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is proposing to acquire approximately 50 acres of property for the construction and operation of an 808 to 1,520-bed detention facility.  The site may ultimately support other County public safety facilities as well.  These may include a public safety training facility (which could include police and fire facilities), an indoor firing range (lead free), and an emergency vehicle operation course. Construction of the Jail facility will occur in two broad phases.

    Phase 1 would include the first 808 beds of a combined County jail and State re-entry facility as well as supporting medical, administrative, warehouse, food service, classroom, vocation, courtroom and law enforcement uses.  The initial phase of the project would include an estimated 391,663 square feet of building area.  It is expected to be completed over a period of approximately one to three years, but could take up to approximately five years.

    Phase 2 would consist of an additional 712 beds with up to an additional 155,104 square feet of new facilities, including the live-in work furlough program. Total building area at full build out would be approximately 546,767 square feet.

    Project Status

      On December 6, 2011, the BOS accepted an addendum to the project EIR and authorized the Sheriff to submit an application under AB 900 Phase II, Preference Option A (Relinquishing Option) for funding of the North County Jail in the amount of $80 million.

      Board of Supervisors Agenda Details


      March 11, 2008 - Certification of Final Subsequent EIR

      January 30th, 3008 - Draft EIR (Notice of Availability)



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