Riverside County to Update Public on Community Involvement in Regional Detention Center Project
PALM SPRINGS – Supervisor John J. Benoit and other county officials will speak Saturday at a community forum on the proposed Riverside County Regional Detention Center, providing a timely update on the county’s partnership with the hospitality industry to further study the project.
The event, organized by the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee, is free to the
public and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs (2300
East Baristo Road).
“I look forward to updating residents about the county’s new partnership with the Convention & Visitors Authority and our work to address questions about the project,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I think the attendees will have an opportunity to learn a lot and I welcome their questions as part of our ongoing, transparent process to seek community input.”
The forum will be moderated by journalist Hank Plante and will feature two 30-minute presentations by project opponents and county officials. Joining Supervisor Benoit will be Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Steve Thetford and Rob Field, assistant county executive officer and head of the Economic Development Agency. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.
The Riverside County Regional Detention Center was proposed to protect residents and visitors from greater risk of crime in our fast-growing county. Due to a shortage of jail bed capacity, thousands of county inmates have been released into our communities before serving their full sentences, sometimes after serving just a few days of a one-year sentence.
Supervisor Benoit is available for interviews Thursday and Friday. Please contact Supervisor Benoit’s office at 760-863-8211 to schedule.