H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Feb 17, 2011 9:31 PM by Ariel Wesler

New jail for Santa Barbara County depends on county and state budgets

There is still a big need for a new jail in Santa Barbara county to address overcrowding after voters failed to pass Measure "S" last November. The sheriff's office is waiting to see what the county and state budgets look like before laying out any more plans.

The current jail is running at 20 percent above capacity. The sheriff's office says building a new jail in north county would cost around $80 million dollars. It would take another $15 million a year to run it.

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