Inside the San Benito County Jail expansion. Photo provided by the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases over one hundred detainees since pandemic

Completion of jail expansion stalled by radio equipment supply issues.

Students participate in a writing workshop at the San Benito County Jail. Photo provided by Julie Morris. (Faces have been blurred to protect privacy.)


A view from the inside: What does it feel like to be in jail during a pandemic?

Inmates at the San Benito County Jail take classes to continue their education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, jail staff and Gavilan College have improvised to maintain students' education.

Female inmates at the San Benito County Jail attend remote Gavilan College classes. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases 35 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

None showed symptoms and all received a judge’s approval.

San Benito County Capital Projects Manager Adam Goldstone said the 24,000-square-foot expansion will double the size of the San Benito County Jail and provide housing, health and educational services for 72 additional inmates. Photos by John Chadwell.

Jail expansion nears completion, more prisoners return to county

The $25 million project will double the facility’s size and provide new services as more inmates are transferred to the county from state prisons.

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Local San Benito County Jail inmates share creative writing

Stories shared from a creative writing workshop in partnership with Gavilan College.


Government / Politics

New jail expansion kicked off with groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremony at San Benito County Jail for a minimum-security extension set in motion construction of $20 million facility that should be completed in 18 months.