Humboldt County Approved for $20M to ‘Expand Jail Services’
The new three story facility would be built on the southern portion of the gravel parking lot on the corner of K and 5th Streets adjacent to the courthouse and jail. The ground floor will be a parking structure with the other two floors allowing the Department of Probation, Mental Health, transitional and rehabilitative services to be offered in one building. Downey added that the total cost of the project would be $21.5 million with the county making up the difference.
Downey was joined by Humboldt County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes and Probation Division Director Shaun Brenneman. Supervisor Rex Bohn was also in attendance. The proposal was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, DHHS, Public Works and the County Administrative Office. According to materials released at the press conference, the group came together to develop a plan for a one-stop-shop for its eligible AB 109 clientele. The facility will include in and out of custody components including Mental Health Services, Probation, and Program and Support Services.
The goal of the facility will be to help inmates and probationers reenter the community more productive and likely to succeed. Bohn added that the way the project was explained to him was, “They were not expanding the jail but expanding services.”
Downey also stated that the third floor would contain secured beds but that they would be a softer confinement with more freedom to help inmates transition out of the jail.
The estimated timeline for the project to be completed is three to five years, that would include the bid process and a design review by the state. Downey also stated that there would be an additional staffing need of 15-20 correctional officers, but that funding these positions had been planned and was actually required in the proposal.
Downey said, “This isn’t a quick fix, but it will move us forward.”
Plans of the facility below: