BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - State officials have awarded $100 million to Kern County to expand the Lerdo Jail.
The Bakersfield Californian reported Friday that the money will be used for a new medium-maximum security wing. Sheriff Donny Youngblood says that will include 135 new beds slated for inmates with medical or mental health needs.
The money comes via Assembly Bill 900, which provided $1.22 billion in bond financing to build county jail facilities.
Youngblood says the expansion is critical to handle the increase in non-violent inmates shifted by the state into local communities.
Other counties that received funding include San Benito, which got $15.053 million, while $20 million went to Santa Barbara and Monterey got $36.295 million.
The awards are conditional - the counties must prove they have a site to build and meet environmental requirements, among others.