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Inland Empire Jail Expansion
Inland Empire Jail Expansion

Price of jail expansion rises

The proposed expansion of the Riverside County Jail in Indio keeps getting more expensive.

Officials now estimate that it will cost $331 million to build the East County Detention Center on the site of the existing jail, a 40 percent increase from the estimates made three years ago, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise.

Ultimately, the project could top $400 million when other components – a new office building, parking garage and courtrooms – are factored into the cost.

Originally, the plan was to build a 426,200-square-foot building next to the existing jail, which covers nearly 39,000 square feet. However, county officials determined it would be better to level the jail and build a new one, the report stated.

The new complex will cover 516,000 square feet.

The project is being overseen by the county’s Economic Development Agency.

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