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At its March 18 meeting, the Roseville City Council approved the conversion of the Roseville City Jail to an arrestee processing center when phase 2 of the South Placer County jail at the Santucci Justice Facility opens.

The South Placer County jail is just four miles from the city’s facility, and is expected to open for bookings within the next year.  The proximity of the new jail allows the city jail conversion while maintaining operational efficiency for Roseville Police.

Roseville is only city in the region and one of just a handful in the state that has its own jail. (Jails are a function of counties and prisons are a function of states.)  Currently, the only county-operated booking facility is located in Auburn. 

Therefore, it has been very helpful to have a jail in Roseville so our Police Department could book people immediately and transport them to the main jail later. This allowed for officers to spend more time working in our community instead of driving the 42-mile roundtrip.

Five years ago, the City started planning to close the city’s jail facility once the county’s jail facility opened nearby. In the meantime, some correctional employees have found employment elsewhere. The Roseville jail has been operating on a reduced schedule for several months.

The City is working on a transition plan for the employees currently working in the jail, possibly moving them to other positions within the police department and other city departments.