Kern County sheriff unveils plan for $110M new jail

Kern County sheriff unveils plan for $110M new jail »Play Video
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood unveils plans Friday, July 27, 2012, for a new $110 million jail to house nearly 800 inmates.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — California has awarded Kern County a $100 million grant to build a new county jail.

Sheriff's Donny Youngblood announced his plans Friday for a facility that would house nearly 800 inmates.

The county's Board of Supervisors will consider the plan next month. Supervisors must approve construction of a new jail and authorize a 10 percent funding match towards construction.

Youngblood didn't say when he hopes construction will begin, but he estimated it will take four years to complete. He said the construction contract must also go through a bidding process.

The proposed jail would be built just a few hundred yards from Lerdo Jail and have 576 medium-security beds, 128 flex beds (for either medium-security or mental health inmates), 32 disciplinary isolation beds and 32 high-risk super max beds.