“The idea is to keep [the inmates] from coming back,” Thomas Jenkins, a retired Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office commander explained. “We’re not so Pollyanna to think they won’t come back. We know some of them will. But we try to make the time between visits longer.” The Northern Branch Jail under construction on Black Road, just off Betteravia Road west of Santa Maria, has been designed using ideas Jenkins and custody deputies picked up through visits to jail facilities throughout the United States. “I wanted to give them the building they want, not the building I want,” Jenkins said. “This is the fourth of fifth iteration.” 

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