State Committee Recommends $24 million to Renovate County Jail for Mental Health Treatment, Other Improvements

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier announced today that the Executive Steering Committee overseeing funding applications for local jail construction dollars has recommended San Mateo County receive over $24 million dollars for improvements to the Maguire Correctional Facility.

Ten large sized counties that included San Mateo applied for the State authorized construction money under the auspices of SB 1022. San Mateo County’s application was ranked first by the committee.

“I am pleased with the recommendation issued by this committee. This is a culmination of many months of collaboration and hard work by San Mateo County stakeholders (the Sheriff’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, the Probation Department, the County Manager’s Office, and the County Counsel’s Office). These improvements to the Maguire facility will enhance our ability to provide meaningful treatment to mentally ill inmates and help deal with the impacts of realignment. Ultimately, we are striving to improve outcomes for those incarcerated in our County and as a result, reduce recidivism and make our County an even safer place to live,” San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said.

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, who along with Sheriff Munks and San Mateo County Probation Chief John Keene recently appeared before the committee to present the County’s application, applauded the recommendation as well. “The Board of Supervisors is committed to enhancing care for mentally ill inmates and these improvements reflect the Board’s long held priority to adequately fund mental health care for all San Mateo County residents who need it, including those who are incarcerated,” Supervisor Tissier said.

Projects funded in the application include renovation of the now dormant Maguire Correctional Facility Treatment Center into a Critical Treatment Center for the most severely mentally ill inmates; conversion of one 80-bed general population pod in the older part of the Maguire Facility into a Mental Health Wellness Pod designed to treat inmates with less than acute mental health issues; a new recreation yard designed to meet the needs of realigned inmates who are expected to be in jail for lengthier sentences; an Inmate Retail Vocational Store that will train re-entry and work furlough inmates on all aspects of retail skills and will be open to the public; and needed seismic improvements to the entirety of the Maguire Facility.

The recommendations are scheduled to be approved in a vote to take place at the January 16th meeting of the Board of State and Community Corrections.

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