On Tuesday, September 19th, members of the CGL project team, Merced County Sheriff’s Office, and other local leaders gathered to break ground on construction at the John Latorraca Correctional Center (JLCC) off Highway 59 and Sandy Mush Road. CGL’s Cameron Glass spoke at the ceremony.

Phase one of the project is now expected to cost more than $77 million. It includes a new kitchen, new medical, dental, and mental health facilities, plus classrooms and renovated dormitory buildings.

Phase two is a $61 million project to build a new 256-bed jail next to JLCC. It’s scheduled to be complete by June of 2026 and will replace the main jail in downtown Merced.

Congratulations to the County and the talented project team involved! 

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