Construction Begins on Kings County Jail Addition

HANFORD, Calif. — Construction on the Kings County jail addition in Hanford began on July 28. The 252-bed project is yet another California project being constructed to help relieve overcrowding as a result of prison realignment.

It is the first jail to break ground under Phase II of AB 900 in which lower-level felons have begun serving time in jails as opposed to California prisons. The Kings County jail population has more than doubled since realignment. It now has about 600 inmates, compared to the 280 inmates it housed on average just three years ago.

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Tulare County Approves Jail Contract

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — Tulare County Supervisors approved a $3.25 million contract with Sacramento, Calif.-based Vanir Construction Management Inc. to build the new $68 million South County Detention Facility in Porterville. Initial plans for the construction project have already been completed, and construction is scheduled to begin in May 2016 and finish in 2018.

Vanir Construction Management Inc. will oversee any architectural changes before building the 516-bed jail in Porterville, and then the company will oversee construction.

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