Riverside County Seeking Up to $80 Million for Jail Renovation

The money would be drawn from a $500 million fund that the state has arranged to build and renovate jails.

Riverside’s large County status allows it to ask for up to $80 million of that fund.

The County’s Board of Supervisors have given a thumbs up for officials to seek the grant funding for renovations to the Larry R. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, CA.

The proposed project would include nearly 400 refurbished beds in the jail’s general capacity, a 100-bed special needs housing unit, and a medical clinic.

Public safety realignment is the cause for the funding search, as a 2011 state initiative left counties with the responsibility of housing low-level offenders, not the state.

The project would follow a $330 million expansion of the Indio jail and should the grant application be successful, work would span 2018 to 2020.

For further reading on Riverside County’s jail situation, see here.