A spokesperson close to the Indio Jail project said construction costs could topple $300 million. This is approximately $30 million more than initially suspected.
The project, also dubbed the East County Detention Center, will help add an additional 1,200 beds. The expansion is a key component of county plans to increase inmate capacity. This is needed, according to law enforcement officials, due to the extra people being detained in the Riverside County jails.
The current overcrowded conditions are a direct result of the CA prisoner realignment program. This program was implemented in Oct. 2011 and it has shifted certain state prisoners to serve their sentences at local facilities.
Riverside officials say they are under court order to prevent overcrowding. Adding beds is a critical part of their solution. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin in May 2014. It is scheduled to reach completion about two years later.
Elected representatives were initially told the new Indio jail would cost about $237 million. They were also told that $100 million would be provided through state grand funding. The costs increased by $30 million because the footprint of the facility has increased. It was drawn up as being 458,000 square feet but is now expected to be about 506,000 square feet.
Other costs relate to the necessary $3.5 million demolition of a structure that currently stands on the construction site. Project managers say they also need $11 million to build a parking structure. Court rooms will reportedly cost $2.5 million.
The county board of supervisors said the facility will cost $40 million per year to operate. They are also looking into expanding the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility. A third option involves adding bed space to the Banning Jail and the Southwest Detention Center.
All options are in the process of being explored. The total construction costs for the new Indio Jail will be released in the near future.