Colusa, Yuba, Sutter back common juvenile hall
Colusa, Yuba and Sutter counties agreed on Tuesday to move forward with plans for a new tri-county juvenile hall in Marysville.
A joint powers agreement has not yet been written, but Colusa County is interested in moving a $5.6 million state grant approved for facility construction in 2010 over to Yuba County to fund a new 48-bed juvenile hall.
Chief Probation Officer of Colusa County Bill Fenton said the facility will likely cost nearly $7.5 million, including contingency funding, and the remaining costs above the grant funding would likely be split among the counties depending on their fraction of use.
For Colusa County, "there is a potential to get it down to cost-neutral and have more beds," Fenton said.
He said the county will likely be responsible for 17 to 20 percent of the costs.
Colusa County currently has contracts for two beds a day in Glenn County and three beds a day in Yuba County to house juveniles, according to Fenton. Contracting to those facilities costs between $400,000 and $550,000 annually.
He said most of the juveniles in the facilities are serving short terms for property crimes and theft before being released for home supervision or electronic monitoring.
"You could make the argument that if the building were local, the parents would have more access. But 25 miles is not that far," Fenton said.
Plus, he said, "it's cost-prohibitive" to build a facility in Colusa County.
"For us to run our own would be $1.4 (million) to $1.5 million a year for operation and staffing," Fenton said.
Fenton said the facility in Marysville doesn't have enough space and is a linear design, which is not conducive to programming.
The counties now turn to Sacramento in hopes that