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Supes approved $5 million in jail upgrades

 

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved Feb. 10 more than $5 million in upgrades to the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

The $5.3 million contract with CML RW Security will include a video-based visitation system, renovated security electronics, upgrades to the administrative segregation pods, upgrades and replacement of security doors, and a new pneumatic system to open and close the doors, according to county staff.

Sheriff Greg Munks told supervisors that while the jail's electronics systems were modern when they were installed, they've become outdated and now pose a safety hazard to inmates and staff.

County officials said they hope to create economies of scale for maintenance and training by equipping the Maguire Correctional Facility with the same type of systems that will be available at the Maple Street Correctional Center, where construction is due to be finished later this year.

Supervisor Dave Pine was the lone dissenting vote on the five-member board, saying he preferred to wait until decisions are made about the future use of the Maguire facility once the new jail opens.

— Bay City News Service

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