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New Redwood City jail contracts approved

Facility may be finished by 2015

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved contracts Tuesday for construction of a new $155 million jail in Redwood City.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabuam was awarded a contract for architectural services, while Sundt/Layton will manage construction of the 260,000-square-foot jail, the Sheriff's Office announced.

The facility, located at Maple and Blomquist streets, will be able to house 640 people, and replace the women's jail as well as relieve overcrowding at the Maguire Correctional Facility, the Sheriff's Office said. Construction is expected to be finished in 2015.

Sheriff Greg Munks said in a written statement that he was pleased construction will start soon. "The Replacement Jail will be a state of the art correctional facility designed not to just house inmates, but to also prepare them for re-entry into society once they have completed their sentences," he said. "I am committed to reducing the recidivism rate for offenders. This Replacement Jail will allow San Mateo County to effectively deal with the influx of state inmates that are expected to be re-aligned into our jails in the next few years."

The realignment shifts oversight of parolees and inmates convicted of non-violent crimes from the state to the county.

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