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The San Diego Central Jail (SDCJ) serves as the primary point of intake for male prisoners in San Diego County. Over 75,000 bookings are initiated at SDCJ.
The facility is staffed by just over 200 sworn employees and nearly 200 professional staff members.
SDCJ opened in May 1998. The state-of-the-art facility makes extensive use of touch-screen controls and video surveillance. At the heart of the facility is the Central Command Center, which has the capability of electronically controlling all jail operations in the event of an emergency or major system failure.
SDCJis 230 feet tall, making it the tallest construction project ever undertaken by the County of San Diego. It consists of 11 floors with a total of 17 levels counting the mezzanines and basement. The building provides a pleasing aesthetic addition to the downtown San Diego skyline, having been awarded multiple “orchids” for architectural design, interior design, and lighting design. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) rated capacity is 944 beds.