From our Inside California Jails Series

The long-vacant Salinas Jail is best known for detaining Cesar Chavez in the 1970s

The former Salinas Jail was abandoned more than 30 years ago and elected officials are still trying to figure out what to do with it.

On one hand, it contains a lot of history- especially considering it’s the detention center that held labor rights leader Cesar Chavez after he refused to stop a labor boycott in the 1970s.

On the other hand, it’s not in very good shape and hasn’t been maintained for three decades.  Fixing it will be costly.

Today, Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds continues with our sixteenth series in our California Jails: Inside Salinas County Jails.

Here, we will fill you in on:

  • Which agencies are fighting to have the building preserved and historically designated
  • How they intend to stop its demolition
  • The consultant that’s been hired to help find an alternative use for the facility
  • The initial cost to start weatherizing and repairing the jail’s long-leaking roof
Is there a jail you’d like to learn more about? Let us know- we’ll get you “inside” (or, if you need, we’ll get you out!)


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