An 1,250 bed expansion has been approved for the Indio Jail. Designers close to the project say they are currently taking a close look at other jail facilities to see what designs make the most sense. At the current time it has not yet been decided if the expansion will consist of one or more floors. Construction will begin shortly after the design is finalized and is expected to reach completion in 2016.
Anticipated construction costs are reported to be approximately $237 million and will be funded in part by a $100 million state grant. County officials said plans to expand the Indio facility came into play after a proposal to build a 7,200-bed jail were shot down. That plan, they said, was nixed mostly due to overwhelming cost. More than $300 million would be needed for the first phase alone.
People close to the expansion project said they are under enormous pressure to make sure construction is completed on time and on budget. They are hopeful that once complete, the added beds will help alleviate current overcrowding issues brought on by the state’s prisoner realignment program. The situation has become so bad, they said, that record numbers of inmates are being released early, causing spikes in crime.