July 14, 2010 2:57 PM
ADELANTO • San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved agreements that help secure $100 million from the state to triple the capacity of Adelanto Detention Center.
Clinching the $100 million hinged on the county’s commitment to sell 20 acres near the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility for the construction of a state prison reentry facility.
The two related deals are estimated to bring hundreds of new construction and corrections jobs to the Victor Valley over the next few years.
The state money for the Adelanto Detention Center expansion was made available through 2007’s Assembly Bill 900 prison reform initiative to reduce overcrowding and lower recidivism rates. It requires the county to provide such a reentry facility to qualify for the AB 900 funds.
“We need more county jail beds … We’re very excited to be moving ahead on this,” said Gerry Newcombe, county deputy administrative officer. “It’s nice to see the county of San Bernardino be the first in the state to get one of these projects up and running.”
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