first_imgThe Board of Supervisors voted in August to create the new facilities for women at Pitchess and Sybil Brand. While the female inmates at Pitchess will be medium-security, Sybil Brand will get both high-security and medium-security female inmates, plus those who are mentally ill, said Victor Rampulla, division director of administrative services for the Sheriff’s Department. The design of the Pitchess barracks facility will be done in six months, and construction will start after that. Rather than expand the jail complex outward, the new facility for women will be built on a site where an old medical facility was torn down. “We have the land there, the availability, that we felt the introduction of the female population there would be appropriate and the building of the compound fits very well into the overall jail environment that we have up there,” Rampulla said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Sybil Brand Institute was closed in 1997 and its inmates were transferred to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility because Sybil Brand had fallen into disrepair and the county lacked the money to fix it. It is now used for filming. The Twin Towers Correctional Facility, a state-of-the-art jail in downtown Los Angeles, is better suited for dangerous male inmates, Pembedjian said. Its female inmates were all transferred to Century a year ago. “Some of what’s happened is we’ve had to evaluate how well we are using the facilities we have,” Pembedjian said. “It’s not just an overcrowded jail (system) but it’s a jail that has safety and security issues, so in relocating the women out of Twin Towers or when we relocate them out of Century, that will give us some additional beds. It will also make our jail safer by housing high-security inmates in high-security facilities.” The county jail system has more than 19,500 inmates, officials said. CASTAIC – Pitchess Detention Center will be expanded to house 1,000 female inmates under a plan approved Tuesday by Los Angeles County supervisors. The $136 million expansion at the medium-security Castaic facility will be in addition to the $113 million renovation of the Sybil Brand Institute in Monterey Park, which will be reopened to house another 1,000 female inmates. Officials hope to have both projects completed before 2010. Currently, the county’s only jail for women is at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, which has more than 2,100 female inmates. But Anna Pembedjian, justice deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said that is a maximum-security facility that could be better used to house men in the crowded county jail system. The supervisors’ unanimous vote authorized spending $2.3 million for architectural and engineering design on the Pitchess expansion. The new facility will be medium-security barracks, located behind the ranch-style administration offices at Pitchess. last_img read more