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Fresno County To Pursue State Funds for $80 Million Jail Expansion

Oct 22, 2013

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to submit a grant application to the state to fund a new $80 million jail annex. The proposed new West Annex Jail in downtown Fresno would house 300 inmates and would also include treatment facilities.

As part of the application the county agreed to set aside $8.8 million to help fund the project. If built, the county would be required to operate the facility for at least 10 years. The county hopes the new facility will replace the agin south jail annex in courthouse park.

The state is helping to fund the construction of criminal justice facility throughout California as part of the prison realignment program.