Ground Broken on Expansion of Solano County Jail

The 127,000 square-foot expansion is said to accommodate 362 inmates.

Solano County and state officials broke ground Tuesday morning on the expansion of the Claybank Adult Detention Facility in Fairfield.

The 127,000-square-foot expansion of the existing Solano County jail at 2500 Claybank Road will accommodate 362 new adult inmates, Solano County spokesman Stephen Pierce said.

The expansion is needed to house offenders who previously would have served their sentences in state facilities, but now will serve their time in county jails under the Public Safety Realignment legislation.

"The new Claybank facility will give the County the capacity to meet future demands for incarceration," Pierce said.

As of Aug. 21, 373 inmates, or 39 percent of the total jail population, were housed in the county jail as a result of the realignment legislation, Pierce said.

State officials estimate the county would need 331 additional beds by October 2015, and the number of current inmates housed as a result of the realignment exceeds that projection by 13.5 percent, Pierce said.

The expanded facility will have podular maximum security housing units operated by a central control, Pierce said.

The facility's electronic security systems optimize security while maintaining staffing requirements, Pierce said.

The facility will provide video visitation of inmates and up-to-date communications systems, and include laundry facilities, an administrative services area and a secure sally port with an intake and processing area, Pierce said.

Solano is one of 11 counties that received Phase 1 funding under AB 900, which provides two-thirds of the $89.3 million project. Public facility fees will cover the remaining project costs.

--- Bay City News

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