A new 317,000-square-foot housing facility is being constructed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Complex, located in the San Diego community of Otay Mesa. Construction broke ground in April 2014, and the project is slated for completion in 2016.
Construction on the 1,626-bed East County Detention Center (ECDC) in Indio is currently awaiting final approval from the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, which has had the jail plans since early last year.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a report in December 2014 showing the national correctional population dropped by 41,500 persons in 2013. This decrease brought the 2013 yearend nationwide inmate total to 6.89 million and marked a 0.6 percent decrease over 2012 figures — making 2013 the second consecutive year of correctional population decline.
The existing Whatcom County jail in Washington requires additional capacity and improved infrastructure in order to safely incarcerate inmates. As such, the county is actively planning the construction of a new 520-bed jail along with an adjacent sheriff’s headquarters in Ferndale.