The Shasta County Board of Supervisors have unanimously voted to approve a 64-bed facility in hopes to provide rehabilitation services and ease overcrowding at the Shasta County Jail.
The building would be built in an open field between Breslauer Way and Radio Lane in south Redding.
The county would have to pay $2.5 million in order get funding from the state to build the medium security, dormitory style, rehabilitation center.
The services provided by the co-ed facility include G.E.D. classes, rehabilitation services, and vocational training.
The Shasta County Jail's laundry and kitchen services would also be moved there to create space in the jail for mental health inmates.
Very few opposed the proposal.
Most, like recovering meth addict Charles Adamo, who spoke before the board, thought it was a great idea.
"I went through state run rehab myself, I was a meth addict for 25 years, and have been clean and sober 16 years."
Adamo added that "it is a great opportunity" and that "we need to rehabilitate."
Another speaker who ventured before the board, Sally Riley, also supported the center.
"We need to rehabilitate. Even if we can't be 100% successful, each success returns manifold to our community."
The trickiest part is coming up with more than $2 million annually to staff the facility, but County C.E.O. Larry Lees told the board he's confident it can be done.
A decision by the state is expected in December or January.
If Shasta County is awarded the money, Lees estimates it will be three to five years before it's built.