San Mateo County supervisors approve $5M jail upgrades 

A video-based visitation system is one of the new features that is part of a $5.3 million upgrade at the Maguire jail. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • A video-based visitation system is one of the new features that is part of a $5.3 million upgrade at the Maguire jail.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved more than $5 million for upgrades to the Maguire Correctional Facility in a 4-1 vote, county officials said.

The approximately $5.3 million contract with CML RW Security approved by the supervisors will include a video-based visitation system, renovated security electronics, upgrades to the administrative segregation pods, upgrades and replacement of security doors, and a new pneumatic system to open and close those doors, according to county staff.

Sheriff Greg Munks told supervisors that while the jail's electronics systems were modern when they were installed, they've become outdated and now pose a safety hazard to inmates and staff, county officials said.

County officials said they hope to create economies of scale for maintenance and training by equipping the Maguire Correctional Facility with the same type of systems that will be available at the Maple Street Correctional Center, which is slated to finish construction later this year.

Supervisor Dave Pine was the lone dissenting vote on the contract, saying he preferred to wait until decisions are made about the future use of the Maguire facility once the new jail opens, county officials said.

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