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.