Price of Santa Clara County’s new jail soars, with officials blaming it on delays and inflation

Santa Clara County Jail is photographed from the parking lot across the street in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

Costs for Santa Clara County’s new jail have jumped dramatically, soaring from $390 million to $689 million, according to a newly released budget proposal presented on Monday to the Board of Supervisors.

The 500-bed jail, which was approved in a narrow 3-2 vote in late January, will replace San Jose’s Main Jail South site that was razed in 2020 — and includes the demolition of Main Jail North and possibly parts of Milpitas’ Elmwood Correctional

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