The long awaited opening of the South County Detention Facility in Porterville is finally going to happen.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new jail will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 28 at 1960 W. Scranton Avenue. Boudreaux will host the ceremony for the $72 million detention facility and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The jail is 100,000 square feet and will house up to 519 inmates. It was mostly paid for with a $60 million grant for the State of California.

The building is designed to provide the safest environment for detention officers and inmates with a state of the art security electronics system and cameras throughout the building. 

The South County Detention Facility will house inmates who are on trial

at the South County Justice Center in Porterville, a few miles away, reducing transportation time and costs drastically. 

The new jail has a kitchen, bakery, laundry room, medical area, booking/intake, an administration area and visitation services. 

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