In spite of the fact that the Seal Beach Jail will possibly cost the city nearly $144,000, officials have decided to keep it open. The budget for the jail during the 2011-12 fiscal year is $689,100 and it is expected that the expenditures will go over that amount.

The city council voted unanimously to keep the jail open during a meeting Monday. Councilwoman Ellery Deaton said, “Crime costs the city.”

By keeping the Seal Beach Jail open, the city is saving money because officers won’t have to drive to Orange County Jail in Santa Ana. That would use too much of the officers’ time and cost the city an extra $197,753.

Almost $100,000 had to be invested in the facility after it was shut down in 2007. With hundreds of man-hours put into the rehabilitation, the jail saw improvements, such as security enhancements, new paint and locks, video recording, and a new kitchen. New policies and procedures have also been implemented as well as a whole new staff.

The renovated facility can house up to 18 inmates each night. On average, the officers of Seal Beach make 874 arrests each year. The cost to house someone in the jail is $100 a day and $120 for those who are in a work furlough program.

The facility averages 13 county and federal inmates each night. Compared to other larger jails, the Seal Beach jail does not lose nearly as much money each year. In the previous fiscal year, Seal Beach cost the city $97,205 over what it brought in.

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