14 May 2018
Inside Santa Cruz County’s New Rountree Rehabilitation & Re-Entry Facility
WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Construction is complete at Santa Cruz County’s new Rountree Rehabilitation and Reentry Facility. On Friday, City and county officials and members of the public got the chance to tour the new minimum-security jail, which will begin taking inmates in July.
Preparing Inmates for Success
Located at 100 Rountree Lane, the $25 million facility has 64 beds and will house prison realignment inmates currently serving time for low level felonies in the crowded Santa Cruz County Main Jail. The facility features semi-private living areas, providing inmates a sense of autonomy while still allowing for direct supervision.
But majority of inmates’ time will be spent outside their bunks, in classrooms and workshops in preparation for their successful re-entry. The 16,000-square-foot facility is designed to break the cycle of violence and equip inmates with the tools they need to succeed upon release, dedicating ample space for educational programs and workshops, and resources such as training and counseling.
Additionally, instead of seeing their loved ones from behind a glass divider, inmates will be able to have one-on-one visitations with their families. Research has shown the impact family support and visitation can have on improving inmate morale and reducing recidivism.
CGL served as the Owner’s Representative, criteria architect, and construction manager for the project. Click on the news articles below to read more about the facility and see how Santa Cruz County is leading the way in criminal justice reform:
Santa Cruz County’s first new jail in decades will open by July – via santacruzsentinel.com
County unveils new jail re-entry facility – via register-pajaronian.com