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This is an architect’s rendering of what the new Plumas County Jail and Day Reporting Center could look like.

Local contractors sought for jail, Day Reporting Center construction

The deadline for local contractors interested in submitting a Request for Information (RFI) and becoming part of building the new Plumas County Jail and Day Reporting Center is Friday, April 17, at 11:59 a.m.

With the construction phase bidding for all contractors set to begin this summer, members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors are looking for some good local contractors to submit RFIs on the new Plumas County Jail and Day Reporting Center.

“Being one of the largest projects in the county’s history, the Board of Supervisors wants to allow all local and qualified contractors the opportunity to be involved in the project keeping as many dollars in the local community as possible,” said Plumas County Public Works Director Bob Perreault.

Supervisors are providing additional time to just locally-based contractors to complete the Request for Information.

Local contractors that are interested are asked to reach out to their local supervisor. These include District Two Supervisor Kevin Goss at [email protected]; District Three Supervisor Sherrie Thrall at [email protected]; District Four Supervisor Lori Simpson at [email protected]; and District Five Supervisor Jeff Engel at [email protected]; District One supervisorial seat is still vacant; Public Works Project Manager Cameron Glass at [email protected] or call (916) 678-7890 for more information.

Or the contract Request for Information Form can be obtained by going to rebrand.ly/ge6zvw.

“As many people in the county and surrounding communities are aware, the county of Plumas was awarded $25 million in May 2017 by the State of California to construct a new jail and Day Reporting Center,” Perreault explained.

Public Works previously posted a Public Notice and Request for Information in all Plumas County newspaper in late 2019, according to Perreault.

“The purpose of the Public Notice was to obtain information from contractors interested in the upcoming construction of the new Plumas County Jail and Day Reporting Center,” Perreault explained.

“The actual groundbreaking activity is totally dependent on the state process,” said Sheriff Todd Johns about the process. “But at this time we are hoping to break ground sometime in September.”

This project is critical to the future of the county and the Sheriff’s Office, he added.

As the Grand Jury has pointed out over the past years, the current facility is outdated and very costly to keep running at a viable level, Johns said.

“The new facility will be updated and will not only accomplish the housing of inmates, but will accommodate a new Day Reporting Center that will provide critical services to inmates who are desperately in need of those services to aid their rehabilitation,” Johns said.

“Plumas County supervisors want to make sure all our local contractors have the opportunity to work on this state jail project,” said Supervisor Lori Simpson who is also on the jail committee along with Supervisor Jeff Engel.

About the facility

CGL Planner Paul Vlnar said that the pre-design of the new jail and DRC is approximately 36,000 square feet.

It includes 10 housing units for inmates, Vlnar said.

The jail part of the facility includes numerous features including four outdoor recreation areas and indoor multipurpose rooms.

The DRC has a variety of purposes including classrooms, mental health facilities and more.

Day Reporting Center

The Plumas County Day Reporting and Reentry Center will be a comprehensive reentry program for offenders involved in the Criminal Justice System within Plumas County, according to District Attorney David Hollister.

The Center will be co-located within the new Plumas County Corrections Facility site. The Center will be designed as a one-stop shop for a variety of programs and services with approximately 3,000 square feet of space.

It will be a partnership between the sheriff’s office, the PCCF, Plumas County Community Justice Services (the DA’s ASP program), Plumas County Community Corrections Partnership and other community providers to help remove some of the barriers to successful community reentry and to provide people the support they need to restructure their lives, become self-sufficient and achieve success, Hollister explained.

The Center will assist to reintegrate offenders back into the community following convictions and/or release from jail.

The Center will provide offenders with support mechanisms needed to transition successfully back into the community, while at the same time monitoring their activity to prevent recidivism, Hollister said.

“The Center will work with the offenders to identify and address underlying problems such as substance abuse, joblessness and homelessness, and/or mental illness, which may have contributed to their criminal behavior,” Hollister said.

Pretrial services

The program screening will begin when an individual is booked into the Plumas County Correctional Facility. This screening process is initiated with a Pretrial Services interview. During this interview individuals will be identified early for the risk they pose to the community.

Individuals will be classified into three categories:

1. Low risk offenders who will be released without conditions.

2. Moderate risk offenders who will be released with conditions including reporting to the Day Reporting Center.

3. High Risk offenders who are not released and must remain in custody until sentencing.

While each individual is screened and categorized into risk level, they are also identified as being veterans or those who have served in the military, having substance use or abuse needs, mental health needs, housing needs and employment status.

For those that remain in custody they can begin engaging in services and programming immediately while they await sentencing as well as serve their sentence in jail. A supervision and reentry plan is designed and a compliance contract is signed.

The plan includes the level of supervision, community service hours, job search, counseling, training, daily schedules and any court-ordered conditions.

Once released from jail, supervision specialists monitor each offender’s activity in the community through random checks at their residence or place of employment based on daily itineraries each offender is required to complete and comply with. The offenders are also placed on an electronic monitor providing an added level of security.

The Center will have a menu of services available on-site and referral resources off-site to address the offender’s needs. A case manager works with the offender to build these services into their daily schedules and then monitors their compliance.

The reentry plan is designed to address each offender’s specialized needs. Offenders have access to employment readiness classes, support group meetings, treatment referrals, life skills, financial planning and budgeting, literacy programs, GED/ABE classes, and stress and anger management programs.

Plumas County Reentry Center

The Plumas County Reentry Center is a comprehensive post-custody reentry program for offenders released from the Plumas County Corrections Facility who are returning to live in Plumas County.

The Reentry Center will be designed to be a one-stop shop for a variety of programs and services. It will be a partnership between PCSO, the PCCF, Plumas County Community Justice Services, Plumas County Community Corrections Partnership and other community providers to help remove some of the barriers to successful community reentry and to provide formerly incarcerated persons the support they need to restructure their lives, become self-sufficient and achieve success.

The Community Justice Services staff will provide “in-reach” into the incarcerated offenders to begin the discharge planning process, conduct risk/needs assessment, comprehensive case planning, referral to and assistance with employability skills, job placement and retention, life skills, mentoring, family reunification, housing assistance, transportation assistance and other services based on program participant needs and willingness to participate.

These services are intended to maximize offender success in reintegration into the community, reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

“I would be remiss without noting the incredible job ASP Manager Stephanie Tanaka did in helping the Sheriff’s Office and CGL with the modified grant. Her ability to adapt the DRC program she had built and was running to fit the needs of the jail and jail grant application was really a life (or new jail) saver,” Hollister said.

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