By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A $330.35 million project to add more than 1,200 beds to the Riverside County’s 353-bed jail in Indio has been approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The Press-Enterprise reports ( ) Tuesday’s unanimous vote on the East County Detention Center project will increase capacity in a five-jail network that has released more than 28,000 inmates early in recent years to comply with a court order on easing crowding.

The plan has been years in the making. Riverside County received a $100 million state grant for the jail in 2012, hiring of the 406 extra people need to run the larger facility has begun, and builders could begin construction this month.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

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