Santa Barbara County received some good news in its efforts to deal with its overcrowded county jail system, with word that the state will add an addtional $20 million dollars to the $60 million already awarded to the county for a new North County facility.
The California Board Of State and Community Corrections announced the additional funding in Sacramento yesterday.
The financially squeezed county still need to figure out how it will come up with more than 11 million dollars in matching money for the 90 million dollar plus project, as well as an operating budget estimated to be in the 15 to 17 million dollar a year range.
The grant money will allow construction of a 376 bed jail in Santa Maria, with dedicated medical, and mental health facilities. The county has been dealing with overcrowding problems with its jail facilities for decades.