Contract Signed for Las Colinas Expansion

A contract is inked between the County and a major developer that will end in a detention facility three times bigger near Santee's Town Center.

A contract was signed on Thursday between the County of San Diego and Barnhart Balfour Beatty for the $221.5 million, of the in Santee.

The 478,000-square-foot project near has been by the City of Santee and its residents. The site is near the city's major shopping complex, and other community areas and city officials hoped it would be .

Expected to be completed in late 2015, the new facility will replace the cramped, dilapidated conditions in the current jail, which County officials have said operates at 150 percent of capacity. The new one will be three times bigger, offering more than 1,200 beds.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Earlene September 18, 2011 at 01:29 PM
bme September 21, 2011 at 12:13 AM
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/03/business/la-fi-0503-prisons-20100503 "Prisons do not provide the kind of economic stimulus that so many towns thought they were going to get when they agreed to have one," she said. "I'm not going to pretend a job isn't a job, but another development path would have produced a more robust set of jobs." What's more, real estate values typically decline near prisons because people don't want to live near them, said Terry Besser, a professor at Iowa State. Her research found that unemployment rose 16% between 1990 and 2000 in towns with new state prisons but fell 5% in towns without. Retail sales grew 84% in the same time period in towns with the new prisons, she found, but they grew 128% in those without. Small towns want prisons because "they're struggling and they think this is a home run," Besser said. "But when prisons locate there, the unemployment rate goes up, the percentage of people in poverty goes up, and the average wages go down across the board."
SanteeCitizen September 23, 2011 at 03:58 AM
So we think this prison will help Santee? Here is some interesting info on this: Prison Town, USA http://www.pbs.org/pov/prisontown/film_description.php LA Times Article: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/03/business/la-fi-0503-prisons-20100503 Prison Economics in Rural America: http://ppjr.org/prison/files/tracy%20huling%20prisons%20economy%20study.pdf
SanteeCitizen September 23, 2011 at 05:04 AM
Pulled up this old article from 1988! http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-18/local/me-1552_1_temporary-jail Even back then Santee was fighting, and at the time, the County of San Diego and the Board of Supervisors was trying to build a men's temporary jail here in Santee. From 1988, "The county is rushing to a preconceived conclusion without compliance with the law," the lawsuit said. "The Santee 'interim' jail is just one more chapter in a sorry story of inept and incompetent government. The people of Santee, apparently because they are viewed as politically impotent, are to be the next victims of the never ending 'jail story.' " I wouldn't be suprised if they are contemplating "Eminent Domain" in the future to build a men's jail next to the current, to be, expanded one, or leave open the ability to convert the expanded facility into a men and women jail.
Madeline Harpe April 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
They are locked up and not going anywhere! What on Earth do you have to protect yourself against? Other than a sign with the facilities name, you wouldn't even know that it is there visibly.


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