Imperial County approves money for new jail


EL CENTRO, Calif. – Thanks to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors money has been approved for a new jail.

All $33 million of it.


“What it basically did was more of an administrative issue to renew the budget money make sure that it’s there,” Sheriff Ray Loera said.

Not only will it be new but modern.

“It’s going to be state of the art.  It’s not going to be the type of warehousing that we have right now where they’re kind of in their cells for however long they are here,” Loera said.

It will house more than 200 inmates and will be built behind the old jail.

Sheriff Loera says the environment will include direct supervision and a lot of interaction.

It will be a dorm type setting with classrooms.

“This is gonna give us the ability to comply with some of those responsibilities that the state has now given to local jails to rehabilitate people,” Loera said.

Inmates will receive training and the Sheriff hopes it will reintegrate them in a positive way to be part of society.

“I think we’re going tin the right direction.  It’s still new for us because it is ia new process.  I think it already is paying off some dividends,” Loera said.

They’re hoping this will be a new beginning for those that are imprisoned.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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