Funds for New SoMa Jail Go Looking for Voter Approval

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Funds for New SoMa Jail Go Looking for Voter Approval

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San Francisco's current Hall of Justice.

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While the City plans a new police headquarters in Mission Bay, there are also plans in the works to build a new jail roughly where the current Hall of Justice is, on 6th Street.

The new buildings are all part of a larger scheme to replace the Hall of Justice, which the San Francisco Examiner notes is not earthquake-ready.

While it would cost $435 million to build a new jail, having to evacuate a crumbling jail post-quake would hardly be ideal — and it would cost "tens of millions" just to temporarily put up prisoners before a new jail gets built.

Therein lies the sell, as most of the money for the project would come ostensibly from a bond measure going to voters this June. So, citizens: worth it, or not worth it?!

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