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On the evening of June 26, 2018 the Shasta County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $325,000 in capital expenditures for construction in the jail anticipating state approval for 38 additional jail beds, which would bring the total to 102 new beds, potentially by year end. This new development is due to the continued efforts of Custody Captain Kent working with the Board of State and Community Corrections.
The Board of Supervisors directed County Executive Officer Larry Lees to move forward with architectural designs for Court Rooms 1 and 2, which could add 64 additional beds, upon the courthouse vacating these rooms once the new court house is built.
Additional direction from the Board provides authorization to County Executive Office Larry Lees to explore development of an “Adult Jail Diversion” program. This program is expected to remove, potentially, 300 chronically homeless, and those with substance use disorders, from our streets which is expected to reduce the number of individuals booked in to the jail.
Lastly, the Board agreed to receive information regarding a potential Public Safety Tax at the July 17, 2018 regular Board of Supervisors meeting.