Detention Center Breaks Ground Thursday
INDIO – A modern and efficient detention center that will add critically needed detention center capacity while creating hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs will begin construction with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, July 9.
The ceremony will be held at 82 675 Highway 111 in Indio. Light refreshments will be served.
“The East County Detention Center will bring substantial benefits throughout the Coachella Valley, improving community safety, hosting programs to reduce recidivism and driving economic development,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am very pleased to start this vital project for our county and investment in downtown Indio.”
The East County Detention Center will be built on a six-acre site at the southwest corner of Oasis Street and Highway 111. The four-story, 516,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing 353 bed jail. Built in the mid-1950s, the jail is the oldest in the county and is at maximum capacity.
The current facility was not designed to house criminal offenders for prolonged periods. With the implementation of AB 109, public safety realignment legislation, county jails have taken in a significant population of inmates who would have previously served long-term sentences in state prison. Consequently, Riverside County received a $100 million grant from the state to construct jail beds, specific to the Indio site.
The East County Detention Center will be better designed to provide programs to reduce recidivism. Among the planned comprehensive programs is residential substance abuse treatment (RSAT), which will focus on treating substance abuse. Another program is guidance and opportunities to achieve lifelong success (GOALS), which will offer group counseling, case planning management, anger and violence management, general and vocational education, job readiness and employability and after-care planning.
Individual programs such as high school diplomas, re-entry workforce readiness, and career technical education in computer information systems and culinary arts are planned to be offered at the new facility. The detention center will also contain rooms for dental exams, dental surgery, medical exams, radiology, pill and mental health exams.
Upon completion, the 1,626-bed detention center facility will represent a net addition of 1,273 beds to the county’s overall detention center bed capacity. The state-of-the-art detention center is also designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level rating for energy-saving and other sustainable design features.
The total East County Detention Center budget, which also includes architectural services, construction management, site acquisition and other costs, is estimated at $330 million. In June, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors awarded the $275 million construction contract to Clark Construction Group-California, LP of Irvine.
During peak construction, there will be 500 to 600 workers on site. The project will ultimately generate 450 permanent positions to staff the detention center. The project is anticipated to have a 30-month construction schedule, with completion expected by December 2017.