Placer County Jail opened in July, 1985, at a construction cost of $4.5 million. Funding was provided by Proposition 4, the first of three jail funding measures. The California State Board of Corrections (BOC) rated the original structure for 108 inmates, a total that was exceeded immediately. Within two months of operation, the total reached 148. By 1990, the population had increased to 272 inmates, far above the BOC allowable number of 108.
In 1990, a Federal court order restricting our daily population to 148 gave impetus to construction of a 260-bed addition to the Placer County Jail, an addition that opened in April 1992. The new housing wing was constructed at a cost of $3.5 million, with funding provided through Propositions 52 and 96. It consists of three medium-security dorms, two with a capacity of 92 inmates each, and one with a capacity of 44 inmates; and one maximum-security module with a capacity of 32 inmates. The dormitory housing units are of the direct-supervision type, with a custody officer stationed inside each of the dorms, and indirect supervision from a housing booth. With BOC approval, most of our cells have been double-bunked, giving us a current capacity of 352.
The minimum-security area of Placer County Jail is housed in buildings that were originally World War II Army warehouses, built in 1941. The facility consists of three housing units, two male and one female, with a combined capacity of 160 inmates, making the total capacity of Auburn jail 512 (this total includes six beds located in the infirmary). Our population is still increasing; on March 9, 1998, we reached an all-time high of 487 inmates in the main jail and minimum security, for a 95 percent fill-rate. Our average daily population runs over 90 percent, and during most weeks, forced releasing is required.
In 1995, the Placer County Jail was enhanced by the addition of a modern, “cook-chill” kitchen, at a cost of $3.8 million, with funding provided solely by the County. One of the best aspects of the cook-chill system is that any new correctional facilities built in Placer County will not need a kitchen, as the food is prepared here, shipped cold, and reheated. In this way, the kitchen can provide food for multiple remote facilities. Built to be expandable, the kitchen presently can provide up to 35,000 meals per week. It is operated by the Placer County Probation Department and serves Juvenile Hall as well as the Placer County Jail.
Placer County is currently one of the fastest growing counties in the State of California. By the year 2010, it is projected that seventy percent of Placer’s population will reside in the southern portion of the county, which encompasses the cities of Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, and Loomis. Obviously, the need for corrections facilities in this area will continue to increase. It is our hope, in the not-far-distant future, to plan a South County Facility located in the Roseville- Lincoln-Rocklin area.
Placer County Jail Driving Directions
Refer to this file for detailed driving directions: JailDirections.pdf