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San Diego Central Jail

The San Diego Central Jail (SDCJ) opened its doors in May 1998, replacing the old central jail that had been in operation since 1960. The facility was designed by the architectural firm HMC Architects and built by Roel Construction.

The SDCJ is the primary point of intake for male prisoners in San Diego County. It has a capacity of approximately 976 inmates and offers a variety of services and programs to its inmates, including educational courses, substance abuse programs, and religious services.

Over the years, the San Diego Central Jail has undergone several renovations and expansions to accommodate the growing inmate population and to update its facilities. Despite these changes, the jail remains committed to its mission of providing a safe and secure environment for its inmates, staff, and the community.

The San Diego Central Jail is operated by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which is responsible for law enforcement in the unincorporated areas of the county and operates the county’s jail system.

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