Placer jail-bed count to drop in North Auburn

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Placer County’s North Auburn jail will soon have fewer beds for inmates.

But the drop isn’t as drastic as initially planned.

The Board of Supervisors OK’d a shift Tuesday in plans by the Sheriff’s Office on a $3.3 million retrofit for one of the units at the Richardson Drive jail. The retrofit will see beds drop from 276 to 264.

Sheriff’s Office Administrative Services Manager Mark Giacomini said that number of beds proposed for the retrofit had increased from plans presented in February for 200 because of uncertainty over impacts from state bail reform and mental health diversion.

“There is no predictable way to know what impact bail reform and diversion will have,” Giacomini said.  

Staffing levels won’t be affected by the change in bed plans, he said.

The $3.3 million will pay for added security cameras, new flooring and paint, new furnishings, Americans With Disabilities Act improvements to restrooms and dayrooms, a secured walkway to the jail dock area and a secure enclosure around correctional officer stations.